A Walking Success

Walk to School DayA 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. Continue reading

Diabetes Symposium

Diabetes SymposiumDo you or someone you know suffer from Diabetes? Is so, Better Health in partnership with Cape Fear Valley Health Systems and Department of Social Services is hosting a Diabetes Symposium on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. During this FREE event, breakout sessions on How to Talk to Your Doctor, Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me, and much more will be provided. Registration is required. For more information on how to reserve your space, contact Better Health by calling (910) 483-7534betterhealthcc.org or visit 1422 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301.

Wellness Tip of the Week- Hate to waste?

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

Stop Wasting Food!

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

 An image of someone running and lifting weights

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.