Creating Healthy Schools Video Contest Winners

The Office of Health Services, SHAC, and the District PTA would like to thank all of the schools who participated in the Creating Healthy Schools contest. The time, dedication, creativity, and hard work were well represented in all of the videos. Congratulations to Mary McArthur Elementary and Massey Hill Classical High school for having the most ‘likes’ and winning the contest. Each winning school was awarded $500 from the Just Ask grant. The funds will be used to support creating a healthier learning environment. Again, thank you to all for a job well done.

Tip of the Week: Stay Hydrated!

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As the temperature continues to rise, let’s take advantage of some health tips to keep us cool. Carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day. It can save you time, money, and make choosing a healthy beverage easy! Try at least one of the 10 Tips for Better Beverages. View more beverage tips + a video on making small changes for a healthier drink. Sip smart! For more healthful tips visit image of a hand holding a water bottle

Go On a Grocery Field Trip

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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

Soak Up Health This Summer

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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


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




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!

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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

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