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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.
The American Heart Association wants to help you stay heart healthy. For starters, check out the six most popular foods that can add high levels of sodium to your diet, “Sodium-Did You Know?” Learn more about how much sodium you should eat, how to reduce sodium and much more by visiting Sodium Break Up.
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Planning to dine out with family and friends? Be sure to decode the menu to choose healthier options. Navigate the buffet and look for items that are roasted, baked, braised, broiled, poached, seared, grilled, steamed, or sauteed. The saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars found in foods and beverages are important for you to think about as you build your healthy eating style. Learn more about Choosing Foods and Beverages.
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.”