It’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.
The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is an advisory group comprised of community members from the health and education segments of Cumberland County. Collectively, the council represents the eight components of school health (Health education, physical education, nutrition services, family and community, mental and social health, staff wellness, school environment and health services). The council provides advice to our school system on aspects of school health programs, as well as review and update the local wellness policy.
SHAC meets at least four times a year. To learn more about SHAC’s meeting dates, time and location, visit the link below.
The first School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) meeting for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Friday, September 29th at the Educational Resource Center (ERC) located at 396 Elementary Drive Fayetteville, NC 28301 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
Lately, it can be difficult for all of us to pull away from the TV and cell phones. During National Childhood Obesity Month, let’s serve as role models by trying these tips for Reducing Screen Time and help your kids get active! Print out the Family’s Healthy Adventure and enjoy the many ways you and your family can get healthy together! For more health tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.
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.
Looking for a fun family activity? Come support the Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council (FCYC) on Saturday, September 16th for their second annual Glow Fest: Run/Walk/Skip. Enjoy music, dancing and complete a 5K through the streets of downtown Fayetteville. For registration and more detailed information, click here.
Tip of the Week from MyPlate.gov
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.