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FALL 2012

Welcome to We Can!

Fall into Healthy Lifestyles with We Can!

The holidays are here! As you and your family gear up for the festivities, use We Can! resources to help you stay healthy. For tips on how to cook a delicious, nutritious, and hearty holiday meal for your family, check out this article.

Explore the rest of our newsletter to see how communities around the nation are implementing We Can! programming and making real change in their hometowns.

Map of the United States with plotted We Can! community sites

PSA Campaigns

We Can! took to the airwaves this fall developing a multimedia public service announcement (PSA) campaign encouraging parents and caregivers help their children maintain a healthy weight. More �

We Can!, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is also developing a campaign targeting adults ages 45-60. The campaign includes television, radio, print, and out-of-home PSAs, as well as an animated infographic. For more information about "One Pound at a Time," visit http://onepoundatatime.hhs.govexternal disclaimer.

TOPS Training

We Can! recently held a training for our national partner Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). The team taught the Parent Program to TOPS field staff, who are located throughout the U.S. and Canada. With more than 160 TOPS staff in attendance, this training was a hit! More �

You Asked, We Answered

Q: Does the NHLBI have suggestions on scheduling We Can! parent programming to best fit parents' hectic schedules now that school is back in session and the holidays are around the corner? More �

In Other News

We have been hard at work developing updated resources for you and your family, helping you to eat right, move more, and reduce screen time. We recently updated the following tip sheets, making them easier to understand and remember:

  • How to Use the Nutrition Facts Labelpdf document icon (107 KB)
    The Nutrition Label on most packaged foods describes a lot about what's inside. This fact sheet will help you learn how to read the label when making choices about the food that you eat.
  • USDA Food Pattern and the DASH Eating Planpdf document icon (78 KB)
    This fact sheet features a chart showing you two different eating plans based on the United States Department of Agriculture Food Pattern and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Eating Plan. You will learn the amounts of each food group recommended by each plan.
  • Knowing What Your Weight Meanspdf document icon (98 KB)
    It is important to be at a healthy body weight, this tip sheet will help you determine how to calculate your Body Mass Index�or BMI�and what that number means.

Community Site Spotlight

Students from Baltic High School took to the tracks for a mile-long walk during the We Can! Have a Healthy Homecoming! event seriesCan your community log a quarter of a million minutes of physical activity? Baltic School District in South Dakota did just that by hosting We Can! events and challenges!
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Community Site Spotlight

Say goodbye to salt and sugar! MARC Academy, a community site in South Bronx, New York, is stirring things up in the kitchen to ensure their kids are staying healthy.
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We Can! Champion

Ted Everett With the guidance of this fall's We Can! Champion, Ted Everett, Washington County is chipping away at childhood obesity in the Florida panhandle.
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We Heard!

"I learned very quickly that there are many resources that we can tap into. The issue of childhood obesity, once explained to people, has a certain resonance to it."

We Can! Champion,
Ted Everett,
Washington County

Call for Stories

Is your community site implementing We Can! programs in unique ways? Did you host a We Can! event that had a great turnout? Is there a unique aspect of your program you are particularly proud of? If so, let us know! Contact your regional liaisonexternal disclaimer for the opportunity to have your site featured in our next eNewsletter.

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Last Updated: February 13, 2013