Fall Into Healthier Habits This Season… and Let We Can!® Help
Posted October 5‚ 2010
Yes, it's that time of year again: the days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, and children are back to the books. But, just because those long summer days are fading does not mean your health has to leave with the heat and humidity!
Ensuring that you and your family eat healthy, stay active, and keep away from the screen can be challenging with less daylight. To help relieve the stress of it all, check out We Can!'s latest materials, which offer guidance and provide strategies to help families maintain healthy lifestyles. With these tips and materials, you and your family can be living healthier than ever… especially in the cooler weather!
We Can!'s New Community News Features: Forget Gym Fees and Untradeable School Lunches
Finding time to fit in 60 minutes of daily physical activity is a major challenge for many families, especially given the expensive price of gym memberships. We Can!'s new Forget the Gym Fees: Find Free Fun for the Whole Family matte article offers suggestions on how to squeeze in those necessary 60 minutes of physical activity when time and money are limiting factors. For example, setting up your living room to resemble a yoga studio is something that is healthy, fun, and easy for the entire family! The article also provides science-based tips and resources specifically designed to get you and your family eating healthy, moving more, and spending less time in front of the screen. So say goodbye to gyms and workouts; it's time to get creative and cost-effective! Read the article on the We Can! website: http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov/news-events/matte12.htm.
Making easy, yet healthy, lunches that your child won't want to trade with friends in the lunch room can be as difficult as your young scholar's long division homework. However, there is no need to fret—We Can! is here to solve the problem! Check out our new matte article, Secrets to Making School Lunches Kids Won't Want to Trade, to learn fun and healthy tips for packing your kid's lunch. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/news-events/matte14.htm
New We Can! Fact Sheets Provide Obesity Statistics for African American and Hispanic Populations
We Can!'s two new tip sheets provide an overview of overweight and obesity statistics for African American and Hispanic populations, brief snapshots of overweight data for America's children, and ways in which the We Can! program helps to make a positive changes in communities by helping families everywhere eat better, move more, and reduce screen time. To learn more, check out the Overweight in African American Youth fact sheet: http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov/downloads/factsheet-aa.pdf (159 KB) and the Overweight in Hispanic/Latino Youth fact sheet: http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov/downloads/hispanic-fact-sheet.pdf (162 KB).
Bus and Transportation Ads Are Driving Attention to We Can!
We Can! celebrated the accomplishments of our vast network of community sites over the last five years by proudly displaying messages of healthy eating, being physically active, and reducing screen time in over 4,000 buses and subways in 13 cities, including New York, Washington, DC, Jackson, MS, Little Rock, AK, Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles! Thanks to these ads, over 335 million Americans learned about We Can! and ways to promote healthy behaviors in their own communities. The transportation displays ran from June to September and are now available for you to use in your community. The four posters are online to download on the We Can! website: http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov/news-events/news56.htm.