Go On a Grocery Field Trip

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.

Soak Up Health This Summer

Tip of the Day from Action For Healthy Kids

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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.

 

April is National Garden Month!

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 Cliffdale garden 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 angelahurley@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

 

 

Let the Voting Begin!

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.This image displays a video camera

Tip of the Day: Find a fitness buddy!

Tip of the day from ChooseMyPlate.gov

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.

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Rethink Your Drink

Image of someone refilling a water bottleThe 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!

 

Move Staff Move

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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.