Take Charge of Diabetes in the New Year

Better Health of Cumberland CountyPuzzled by Diabetes?
We can help …
“Take Charge of Diabetes”
Free 7 -Week Program Offered to Adults with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes.
Come discover the Keys to a Happier and
Healthier Life with Diabetes and learn about:
* Managing Blood Sugar * Exercise * Managing Stress
* Medications * Healthy Eating and Meal Planning
* Carbohydrate Counting * Eye & Dental & Foot Care.
New Classes offered January 8-February 26, 2018
From 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Class Location: Better Health 1422 Bragg Boulevard
(next to old IHOP)
Deadline to Register: January 5, 2018
Call Patti at: 483.7534 for more information.

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

It’s Not Too Late…Join the Walk

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.

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!