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Did you know that gardening is a form of physical activity? Switch up your routine and spend time playing in the dirt! Explore some ideas for being more active and take advantage of some gardening resources.
April is the national garden month and several schools have taken advantage of getting their hands dirty. The Healthy Eating and Active Living Liaison was awarded a grant from Action for Healthy Kids to promote nutrition and physical activity initiatives within the schools. After partnering with Jason Weathington, Horticulture Agent from NC State University, the planting began. Check out the gardens at Beaver Dam Elementary, Cliffdale Elementary, and C. Wayne Collier Elementary schools. If your school has a garden, share your experience with us. Please send photos to Angela Hurley, Healthy Eating and Active Living Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The voting for the 2017 Creating Healthy Schools Video contest has begun. Watch the videos and cast your vote today! Vote by viewing each video and “liking” your favorite. The two videos with the most votes will earn $500 for their school’s wellness initiative.
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Sometimes activities with friends or family are more enjoyable than doing them alone. Join a walking club or attend group fitness classes. By building a support network you can encourage each other to be active. Check out the 10 Tips: Be Active Adults before getting moving. Join or Start a SuperTracker Group to achieve your goals as a team. For more, healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.
The misperceptions of tap water and the look of older water fountains have deterred students, staff, and administrators from using them. Unfortunately, this has led many people to sugary beverages or expensive bottled water to quench their thirst. Through the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) grant, the Central Services building has received a water fountain makeover. An Elkay refillable water fountain was placed in the building upstairs in November 2016. It was strategically placed on the 2nd floor to encourage staff to get up and walk the stairs to a refreshing drink. The concept worked according to Renarta Moyd, “I love it, I love it, I love it!!” The EZ water fountain motivates me each day to get up from my desk and walk. The ultimate reward is a cool refreshing drink of water.” Jeanette Mason, Administrative Assistant- EC Services stated, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! Love the new water fountain. We are filling up our water dispenser each morning with the filtered water. This is a healthy alternative to bottled water. Eco-Friendly!! Saving our planet, one cup at a time!” Within three months, Central Services has saved over 1, 475 water bottles. Gray’s Creek Middle, Lucile Souders Elementary, and Cumberland Road Elementary also received refillable water fountains through the HEAL grant. Go check them out!
Are you ready to take control of your health? The Office of Health Services in partnership with the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) are ready to get you on the right track. We understand healthier individuals can build a stronger, more productive workforce. Continue reading
After spending an awesome day getting our students engaged in learning, it can sometimes leave you exhausted. Now it’s time for a meeting after school and you’re wondering where are you going to get the energy to make it through another hour. Look no further!! Boost your energy by beginning your meetings with some moving. Take advantage of the Staff Fitness Break cards. Lead a 5-minute warm-up or post them around the room to get your staff going. Just a few minutes of moving can make a world of a difference. Click the link below to assess Staff Task cards for your next meeting.
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Plan for a ‘leftovers night’ at the end of the week to reduce food waste and to save the time you would usually spend on meal prep. Take all your leftovers out of the fridge and mix and match flavors that go well together. Check out tips for meal planning made easy and on food waste. Be sure to visit CCS Wellness website for more healthy tips and opportunities.