One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, CCS encourages your family to make healthy changes together.
- Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
- Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
- Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
For more information, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.
Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, let’s participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer, maintain or reach a healthy weight, and keep your body strong and active. Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day. Try keeping a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it, cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks, and challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week. Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun and worth it!
One of the School Health Advisory Council partners, Better Health is providing free diabetic clinics, cooking demos, and much more during the month of September. Check out the Diabetic Clinic Calendar to learn more information.
Do 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) 483-7534, betterhealthcc.org or visit 1422 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301.
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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.
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Trying different things can appear challenging such as being a new student at a school or taking a class for the first time. You have to be patient when introducing new things. The same goes for food. It may take more than a few tries for a child to accept an unfamiliar item. Check out these Resources for picky eaters and Handling a “choosy” eater. For more healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.
Looking for an event to spark a healthy, active new school year. Look no further! Register today to join the Walk to School Celebration taking place October 4th. Let’s get your students, staff, and community stepping to a healthier beat. To learn more about Walk to School Day visit the link below or contact Angela Hurley, Healthy Eating and Active Living Liaison at (910) 678-2419.
Walk Bike to School
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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