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Ghost shoesAlthough the weather is not predictable, Spring still has sprung! Celebrate the warmer season by finding new and creative ways to get active outdoors when the weather permits. Be sure to engage in activities you enjoy so you will be more likely to incorporate it into your daily routine. Try these 10 Tips: Physical Activity at Home, Work, and Play and/or Tips for increasing your physical activity. For more healthful tips, check out wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

SHACThe School Health Advisory Council will host their fourth meeting on Friday, April 27th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The meeting will be held in room 4 at the Education Resource Center (ERC) located on 396 Elementary Drive Fayetteville, NC 28301. We will discuss information from our local YMCA, the First Tee of the Sandhills and other community partners. 

Water Infused RecipesWhat you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and often little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. Jazz up your water by adding slices of fruit or fresh mint, rosemary, or basil. Try these Tips for Making Better Beverage Choices. For more helpful healthy tips visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

Holding a Menu

When eating out, it can be easy to make poor choices due to convenience. Take time while at restaurants to decode the menu. Look for items that are baked, broiled, grilled, poached, steamed, boiled, or roasted. Take advantage of the 10 Tips: Eating Foods Away from Home or ideas from MyPlate, MyWins Tips: Make Your Takeout Healthier

Tired of the same old meals? Discover the many benefits of adding vegetables and fruits to your dish. They are low in fat and calories while providing fiber and other key nutrients. Vegetables and fruits don’t just add nutrition to meals. They can add color, flavor, and texture. Explore the creative ways to bring healthy foods to your table. Check out, Liven up your meals with vegetables and fruits today. 

Eat Less SaltMost of us get more sodium than we need. Even if you go easy on the salt shaker, your sodium intake may still be high. Packaged and prepared foods such as ready-to-eat products or restaurants meals are common sources of sodium. Learn about common sources of sodium. Begin the new year by making small changes that lead to big wins. For more healthy tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

SHACThe School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) will host their third meeting of the school year on Friday, January 12, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The meeting will take place in Room 4 at the Educational Resource Center (ERC) located at 396 Elementary Drive Fayetteville, NC 28301.

Meal PrepDuring the cozy months, we often try to find extra time to relax with loved ones. Let’s stay on track with eating nutritious snacks by prepping ahead of time. Make batches of oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, or nut mixes and divide into small containers or jars. These handy portions help make your quick choices healthy choices too! Be sure to try out these Kitchen time-saving tips. Learn ways to make meal planning easy. For more healthful tips, check out wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

SHACThe second School Health Advisory Council meeting for the 2017-2018 school year is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th. The meeting will take place in the Media Center at Lewis Chapel Middle school located at 2150 Skibo Road Fayetteville, NC 28314. 

Family Raking LeavesNow that summertime is over, lets warm up as temperatures cool down by staying active. Remember during the fall season, raking the leaves counts! Learn more Tips for an Active Lifestyle and how to Be an Active Family

Walk Bike to SchoolA big kudos to schools who participated in the 2017 National Walk to School Day during this month. Beaver Dam, Ashley, Bill Hefner, Lucile Souders, Cumberland Road, Stoney Point, Alderman Road, and Lillian Black Elementary schools walked on their school campus. Cliffdale, Vanstory, C. Wayne Collier, Alma Eason, Walker-Spivey Elementary schools took it a step further by inviting parents, community members, and city councils. The schools walked the neighborhoods or from remote locations. Festive music, high school bands, and sports teams were included to kick it up a notch. Cumberland County schools continue to increase the number of participants each year. Let’s keep the momentum going. Prepare to join the walk next year. 

WTSD IncentivesIt’s not too late to participate! Join several schools throughout the nation on Wednesday, October 4th for National Walk to School Day. Please note, this event can be celebrated on any day during the month of October. Cumberland County currently has 16 schools taking part thus far. Let’s lead the pack as the county with the highest participation in North Carolina. Register today at WalkBiketoschool.org. For more tips on how to plan your event, check out this Walk to School day flyer. Contact Angela Hurley, Healthy Eating and Active Living Liaison at (910) 678-2419 for assistance.


Reducing Screen TimeLately, it can be difficult for all of us to pull away from the TV and cell phones. During National Childhood Obesity Month, let’s serve as role models by trying these tips for Reducing Screen Time and help your kids get active! Print out the Family’s Healthy Adventure and enjoy the many ways you and your family can get healthy together! For more health tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.


Childhood Obesity Awareness MonthOne in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, CCS encourages your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

For more information, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, let’s participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer, maintain or reach a healthy weight, and keep your body strong and active. Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day. Try keeping a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it, cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks, and challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week. Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun and worth it!

Glow Fest 5K Fun RunLooking for a fun family activity? Come support the Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council (FCYC) on Saturday, September 16th for their second annual Glow Fest: Run/Walk/Skip. Enjoy music, dancing and complete a 5K through the streets of downtown Fayetteville. For registration and more detailed information, click here.

Food brushed off a plate into the trash

Tip of the Week from MyPlate.gov

Does the disaster in Texas by Hurricane Harvey make you feel a little more grateful for the things you have? Let’s always be mindful not to be wasteful. Reduce your food waste by planning a weekly menu, making a grocery list, or freezing extra food. This could save you big money each year! Post Let’s Talk Trash to inform students and staff about food loss and waste. Learn tips on how to Plan Your Weekly Meals and check out the USDA’s FoodKeeper App to alert you to use food items before they are likely to spoil. For more healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us

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A little boy frowning at a plate of vegetablesTip of the Week from MyPlate.gov

Trying different things can appear challenging such as being a new student at a school or taking a class for the first time. You have to be patient when introducing new things. The same goes for food. It may take more than a few tries for a child to accept an unfamiliar item. Check out these Resources for picky eaters and Handling a “choosy” eater. For more healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

Looking for an event to spark a healthy, active new school year. Look no further! Register today to join the Walk to School Celebration taking place October 4th. Let’s get your students, staff, and community stepping to a healthier beat. To learn more about Walk to School Day visit the link below or contact Angela Hurley, Healthy Eating and Active Living Liaison at (910) 678-2419.

Walk Bike to School







The Office of Health Services, SHAC, and the District PTA would like to thank all of the schools who participated in the Creating Healthy Schools contest. The time, dedication, creativity, and hard work were well represented in all of the videos. Congratulations to Mary McArthur Elementary and Massey Hill Classical High school for having the most ‘likes’ and winning the contest. Each winning school was awarded $500 from the Just Ask grant. The funds will be used to support creating a healthier learning environment. Again, thank you to all for a job well done.

Tip of the Week from MyPlate.gov

As the temperature continues to rise, let’s take advantage of some health tips to keep us cool. Carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day. It can save you time, money, and make choosing a healthy beverage easy! Try at least one of the 10 Tips for Better Beverages. View more beverage tips + a video on making small changes for a healthier drink. Sip smart! For more healthful tips visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.usAn image of a hand holding a water bottle






Tip of the week from MyPlate.gov

Grocery Bingo

Do you dread going grocery shopping? Let’s put some fun into it by playing grocery store bingo. Use grocery shopping to teach kids about food and nutrition. Talk about where vegetables, fruits, protein food, dairy, and grains come from. Help them make healthy choices. For more healthy tips, be sure to visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

Tip of the Day from Action For Healthy Kids

Child running through a sprinkler

Did you know? A study found that kids gain weight more quickly during summer vacation than during the school year. Maintain the momentum your school created this year by encouraging students and families to continue to eat better and move more this summer. The Health at Home section of Game On has ideas for recess at home, healthy summer snacks and creative ways to be active as a family. For more healthy tips, be sure to visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.