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.




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!


Cumberland Road Elementary Asthma Parent Session

Image of the facilitator speaking to a group parents.Cumberland Road Elementary held their first Parent Wellness Session on January 25th.  Parents gathered to receive resources, materials, and the facts on managing their child with Asthma.  One of our very own School Health Advisory Council members, Holly Lawing, Pediatric Asthma Coordinator of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center led the session.  One goal of our sessions is to reduce absences related to chronic diseases. Parents learned the signs and symptoms of when rescue inhalers are not enough and controlled medication should be considered.  All parents received a packet containing the proper school form for an asthma medication plan, an asthma tracker booklet, and a resource guide for living with asthma.  They were also able to take home necessary equipment such as spacers and nebulizer kits.  The proper use of the equipment was demonstrated by Ms. Lawing.  Parents were encouraged to ask specific questions and express their concerns for their child.  At the conclusion of the session Kenya Mathis, 4th and 5th grade parent stated, “I loved it.”