From time to time I like to share what’s caught my eye in the last week in the news and social media. Hope you find something to help you eat, move, and enjoy healthy balance here!
School Lunch -Making Progress on School Meals by Dr. Janey Thornton: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/185525-making-progress-on-school-meals
MyPlate -Tear pads, stickers, and more from Learning ZoneXpress here: http://www.learningzonexpress.com/c-482-myplate.aspx
Family Meals -5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Mealtime Conversations on the Nutrition for the Future blog – http://eatwellatschool.blogspot.com/2011/10/five-easy-ways-to-enjoy-mealtime.html
Walking to School -Walking to school: Steps toward health in The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-walk-to-school-20111004,0,5342949.story
School Employee Wellness -Web site for “School Employee Wellness: A guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation’s Schools” – downloadable materials and awards program
School Gardens -Youth Garden Grants Deadline: Nov. 28, 2011. Due to the generosity of The Home Depot Garden Club, 5 winners will receive gift cards valued at $1,000, and 95 winners will receive $500 gift cards, for gardening materials and supplies specific to their child-centered garden program from their local Home Depot store.
- 3 Tips for Healthy Meals: School Lunches (healthykidschallenge.wordpress.com)
- USDA official brings good news to local schools (thegazette.com)
- What to Do When There’s Not Enough Time for School Lunch (healthykidschallenge.wordpress.com)
May 16, 2011
A sampling of social media and news that caught our attention. We encourage you take it to the next level – by taking action on something you read here – to “help kids eat, move, and enjoy healthy balance.” Together we can make a healthy difference for kids.
1. We use scarves all the time, so this is a great resource to have. Download Head Start Body Start’s newest Healthy Homes, Scarf Play, from the HSBS website for a fun activity idea and family- friendly nutrition message.
2. What’s your take on this new study?
In Texas schools, a picture’s worth 1,000 calories SAN ANTONIO– Smile, schoolchildren. You’re on calorie camera…
3. Salt and sodium get a lot of press these days. Here’s an article just released in the Lancet and we have to agree “It is dangerous to jump to conclusions on the basis of single studies and ignore the totality of evidence.” Salt and cardiovascular disease mortality
4. New Video: How to Solve the Childhood Obesity Epidemic SPARK has developed a video that focuses on one of the solutions – getting kids moving in school- and explains why Quality Physical Education can play such an important role in ending this epidemic. Click Here to watch the video.
5. Success! We love it when we read good news! Small, simple steps can make a big difference, right?
How About a $5 Pledge for Better Health? Think Farmers Markets
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Gail Rosenblum, 05/09/2011
For up to $5 a day in SNAP purchases, shoppers got a $5 match in “Market Bucks” vouchers… Increased awareness of being able to spend SNAP dollars doubled the number of SNAP customers heading to the Midtown Market at2225 E. Lake St. But Market Bucks made it an even more welcoming attraction that kept them coming back. In fact, the dollar amount of purchases more than tripled, from about $3,000 in SNAP sales in 2009 to $9,638 in 2010.
6. You haven’t missed this one yet, it’s tomorrow: FRAC’s webinar on “Strategies for Success: Making the Most of the New School Water and Milk Requirements” Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:00 – 1 p.m. EST Click here to register.
November 13, 2009
The goal: Families making healthy behavior a priority.
The event: An interactive experience of actually walking through MyPyramid enhanced with some fun active play.
Get ready! What your family can start with right now:
1. Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day
2. Get 1 hour of physical activity a day
3. Limit TV screen time to less than 2 hours a day
Get set! Set a family goal for one of the 3 action ideas. You have 8 weeks until the event begins, so start today!
GO! Meet us at the Expo from January 7-10, 2010.