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$25,000 in Mini-grants Available

Health Innovation Grant Workshop – Wednesday, May 11 from 7:30-10:30 a.m.

CLICK HERE to view video from last year’s Grants Workshop.

Join Healthy Central Florida and hear two rock stars of health – Jeff Speck, nationally-known walkability expert and author of The Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, and Dr. Brian Wansink, world-renowned eating behavior expert for over 25 years.  Dr. Wansink is a professor at Cornell University, and formerly was appointed by the White House appointed to lead the US Dietary Guidelines (MyPlate). Both speakers will bring cutting edge strategies for creating healthier environments to our communities.  Don’t miss out!

Attend this free workshop and your organization could be eligible to receive one of the mini-grants totaling $25,000.

Register here – seating is limited.

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (program starts promptly at 8:05 a.m.)
Where: Bush Auditorium at Rollins College ▪ 1000 Holt Ave. ▪ Winter Park, FL 32789

The workshop is free and open to anyone in Central Florida.  Grant applicant projects must primarily serve the residents of Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park and applicants must attend the workshop to be eligible to apply. All grant applications must target one of these Healthy Central Florida focus areas: Get active or Eat healthy. Individuals are welcome to attend but grants will be made only to recognized 501(c)(3) organizations for implementation. Collaborations are encouraged. A light breakfast will be provided. Sign up early to ensure your place – seating is limited.

Questions? Please email info@healthycf.org or call 407-644-2300 ext. 241.

Staff Leads Students in Physical Activity

Nothing gets kids moving like adults leading them.  Look at these Hungerford staff members smiling while they get their students active.  Way to go, Hungerford Elementary!

Exercise in Class May Improve Math and Spelling Scores

Adapted from Healthfinder.gov

Schoolchildren may have an easier time learning if exercise is part of their math and spelling lessons, a new study suggests.

Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given “physically active” lessons did better on math and spelling tests, compared with their peers who learned the old-fashioned way.

Experts not involved with the study called the findings “encouraging.” But they also said it’s too soon to push for physically active classrooms everywhere.

Weaving exercise into traditional lessons could offer the “amazing possibility” of helping kids learn, while also helping them stay healthy, said Sara Benjamin Neelon, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore.

“The take-home message is that physically active lessons may be a novel way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance at the same time,” said Benjamin Neelon, who cowrote an editorial published with the study.

Click here to read more about how exercise may increase math and spelling scores

Super Bowl Family Fun

Who’s ready for some fun family activities while watching the Super Bowl?  We know we are!  Check out this game from Spark People which we’re sure will get your family moving and grooving while watching the Big Game!

Hint – to enlarge the picture, click on it

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Glenridge Middle Students Run 5K

5k 2015 3Students taking PE at Glenrdige Middle are learning a lifelong skill — running for health.  The PE students run a nine week 5K training program with their final 5K run at end of semester. Most students enjoy the opportunity to learn about running, one student has even lost over 60 pounds!

The most recent end of nine weeks 5K took place on Thursday, Dec. 17.  Enjoy the pictures of Coach Tracy Bruce and Glenridge students celebrating their physical activity success!

 

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Hungerford Elementary Track Club

Track TeamHungerford Elementary students have the opportunity to move more and get their wiggles out before school with the Hungerford Elementary Track Club.  The club for 30 minutes before school twice per week.  All students who plan to participate in the Fast Start Track and Field Invitational are eligible to participate with the track club.

The Fast Start Track and Field Invitational is an annual event for elementary-aged students who attend one of the eight public elementary schools from the Winter Park, Florida Consortium of Schools (as established through the Winter Park Health Foundation). The students are invited to participate in a day-long track and field event at Showalter Field at Winter Park High School. The participating student athletes of these schools are exposed to various track and field events all aimed at having fun and competing with their friends.

Fast Start is focused on providing children with the motivation to run and to help make running fun and exciting. The ultimate goal is to create a love of running among youth. And it is within this new found love that positive habits will be developed that will carry forward into the children’s adolescent and adult lives to build a stronger and fitter community.

Fast Start’s objective is simple: Foster a love of running and promote a healthy lifestyle for children.

 

Fourth Annual Live.Life.Healthy Health Fair

Create your own organic face maskStudent leaders of Live.Life.Healthy (LLH)—a Winter Park High School (WPHS) initiative designed to help inspire fellow students to live a healthier lifestyle—hosted their fourth annual health fair September 30, including a roving limbo station, a chance to test hand-washing skills and homemade face masks.

The health fair consisted of a variety of booths that touched on all aspects of a healthy lifestyle—including eating healthy foods, getting exercise, dental health, stress reduction, and taking steps to avoid skin cancer.

Students staffing each booth provided information and got students involved in related activities.

For example, at the stress reduction table, students were provided with information on healthy foods, physical activity, and other tips to help reduce their stress levels.  Students also received a free stress reduction ball.

Since hand washing is an important way to avoid illness, the LLH student leaders gave other students the chance to wash their hands and then used a special light and container to show how much dirt remained. Students received tips to help them do a better job next time.Stress reduction

At the Sugar Busters table, students were asked to guess how much sugar could be found in popular candies and then compare to the sugar in vegetables.

Also popular was the natural face mask booth where students learned how to create a homemade face mask with items commonly found in the home.

Other booths foMaking smoothiescused on the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan, a taste test between fat-free and regular ice cream, a juicing booth,  a smoothie bar, a make a better sandwich bar, and the necessity of good dental health.

LLH student leaders also used the occasion to continue to promote the bike share program which enables students to check out bicycles for free.  Additionally, LLH students used mobile technology to poll students about their happiness.  A follow up survey, based on the responses from this survey, will be conducted later in the year to identify common barriers and then brainstorm solutions to happiness.

LLH is a student-created and led initiative, founded and supported with grant funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation, to encourage all students to eat healthier and be more active.

Visit Live.Life.Healthy on Facebook or on Twitter for more information about the health fair and other healthy activities.

Make a Difference, Join Your Healthy School Team

Lakemont Elementary's Healthy School Team kicks off the 2015-16 school year with their first meeting of the year.

Lakemont Elementary’s Healthy School Team kicks off the 2015-16 school year.

Looking for ways to inspire students to eat a few more fruits and vegetables and move more?  Want to have a voice in the health and wellness activities in your child’s school?  Join your school’s Healthy School Team (HST).

HSTs were created and modeled in Winter Park Consortium schools—Winter Park High School and its 10 elementary and middle feeder schools—with support from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) beginning in 2002. The teams—charged with coming up with activities to promote healthy lifestyles for students and staff in their own schools—are now required in every public school in Florida.

As a parent, you know your children and their needs better than anyone. By getting involved with your child’s healthy school team, you can help create, monitor and enhance school policies that will improve the school environment.

To find out more about your school’s HST, including meeting schedule, areas of focus, and membership, follow these steps:

 

1. Determine who your HST leader is.  Click on your school’s name on Healthy Kids Today, then look for “Healthy School Team Leader” to find your HST leader.

2. Contact your HST leader.  Explain your interest in the HST, ask about work the group has already done and what opportunities there are for you to get involved.

3. Ask when and where the next HST meeting will be held. HSTs may be holding open forums for the public, but most will be meeting as a small group.

4. Share your thoughts and ideas.  Discuss what you think the school could do to help promote healthy food, nutrition education and exercise opportunities for your children.

Do you have additional questions or comments about Healthy School Teams? Email us at healthykidstoday@wphf.org

 

A Healthy and Happy Transition Back to School

Going back to school means a transition from the generally laid back summer days to more structured school days.  It can also mean added stress for students and a need for increased awareness from parents.

Here a few tips we’ve gathered to help you and your kids experience a healthy and happy transition back to school:

Headaches

Boy_with_headacheBack to school may mean an increase in headaches for your child.  This can be a result of a change in their bedtime routine, increased academic stress, too much screen time, not enough exercise and more.  To decrease the likelihood of your child having headaches, makes sure they do the following:

Get enough sleep (sleep guidelines by age group can be found here)

No more than two hours of daily screen time (screen time guidelines for children can be found here)

Stay hydrated (tips to prevent dehydration in children can be found here)

Move 60 minutes/day (tips for kids’ physical activity can be found here)

For additional information on back to school related headaches, click here.

 

Backpack Safety

Three kindergarten girls standing togetherBackpacks are a necessity for students to carry their books, papers, and other school essentials.  However, a heavy backpack can cause injury to students.  Most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.

For additional information on backpack safety, click here

 

 

School Breakfast and Lunch

device-nuggets-htc-dnaWant to know what options are available to your student through their school’s breakfast and/or lunch program?  Check our Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Department’s (OCPS FNS) interactive menus here.  The menus allow the user to look up nutritional makeup of the food item as well as view a picture of the actual food item from OCPS FNS.  This service is also available through the app store here.   Bonus, the app allows parents and students to provide direct feedback to OCPS FNS about the food served in their school.

 

 

 

 

Stopping for School Buss

Each year, Florida drivers illegally pass school buses nearly two million times. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student. The inconvenience of an extra few seconds spent waiting for a stopped school bus is insignificant compared to the loss of a child’s life, which is why Florida’s departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, have teamed up to develop the Stop on Red, Kids Ahead campaign to remind drivers of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

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For additional back to school health tips, visit our friends at KidsHealth.

Have a back to school health tip you would like to share with us?  Leave a comment or visit us on Facebook: HealthyKidsTodayMagazine or Twitter:  @HealthyKids2Day

Join Healthy Kids Today at Summer Camp

Camp GoNoodleHealthy Kids Today is going to summer camp and we want you and your kids to join us!

Camp GoNoodle is a free online program for kids to stay active and be creative this summer!  Many of our partner schools use GoNoodle for brain breaks, short physical activity sessions, during the school year.  We bet if you ask you child about GoNoodle, they’ll likely respond with a smile and a comment about how much they enjoy it when their teacher uses GoNoodle in the classroom.

Now that GoNoodle has launched a summer camp, we’re eager to not only share it with you but to also participate with you!

Here’s how it works (camp instructions are from our friends at GoNoodle):

Head to camp!

Each Monday in July, a new set of five adventures appears at campgonoodle.com.
Go on adventures!Each adventure uses GoNoodle.com’s active videos and games for inspiration, and challenges kids to use their imaginations, get moving, and be outside.Sing along!

Each week includes two brand new camp songs to inspire creativity and movement.

Connect with fellow campers!

Share your adventures using the #CampGonoodle hashtag to join the camp community. Each week, Campers of the Week are recognized as all-stars and earn exclusive Camp GoNoodle prizes.  Don’t forget to include @healthkids2day!

Earn badges!
Complete each week of adventure by printing the weekly badge to hang up, or wear loud and proud.Let Healthy Kids Today know when you earn your first badge (and we’ll do the same)!For more information, click here