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Let’s Move! Childcare Recognizes Cheney Elementary

Heidi Butterfield is a teacher for pre-kindergarten students at Cheney Elementary in Florida, and she desired to increase physical activity in her classroom. To achieve this goal, Heidi participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative program (ECELC) in 2016-2017. Bad weather and lack of shade were a few of the many challenges Heidi faced with having only an outdoor space for her students. By participating in the ECELC program, Heidi knew she needed to create space indoors, especially with the current center policy requiring indoor recess days.

Read about the changes Heidi made on the Success Stories section of the Let’s Move! Childcare website.

Nemours 2016 School Health Conference

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Save-the-Date!

Nemours 2016 School Health Conference

Join Nemours for simulation workshops and learn best practices in substance abuse, anxiety and panic disorders, BLS/AED, allergies, seizures and more.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Nona High School

12500 Narcoossee Road | Orlando, FL 32832

Register here (scroll down to Nemours 2016 School Health Conference at Lake Nona High School)

 

Additional details:

Conference fee $39

Coffee service and lunch provided

6 HOURS OF CEUs AVAILABLE

 

Lifelong Learning Volunteers Teach Children to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit

Children and seniors are getting active and healthy together thanks to the CATCH Healthy Habits program.

Supported in part by a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF), the CATCH Healthy Habits program enlists teams of specially trained older adult volunteers to work with children in after-school and summer programs in school- and community-based settings. Teams of 5-8 adults lead children in a 60 minute lesson each week consisting of a nutritious snack, health lesson and physical activity.

CATCH Healthy Habits is a program offered through VOICE (Volunteers Organized in Community Engagement). VOICE is a program of the Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning.

Data from the CATCH Healthy Habits sessions held in the WPHF catchment areas shows the program has resulted in successfully improving youth and seniors’ eating habits, increasing levels of participation in physical activities, reducing screen time, and fostering development of positive intergenerational relationships.

CATCH Healthy Habits at Rollins was established in response to the rising rate of childhood obesity in the United States. Central Florida mirrors this epidemic as the 2013 Professional Research Consultants Child & Adolescent Health Needs Assessment conducted on behalf of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando found that 26.7 percent of children ages 5 to 17 in Orange County, Florida, are overweight or obese.

Adults are not immune to the obesity epidemic either. According to the Healthy Central Florida study, The State of Our Health 2015, 26 percent of adults (age 18 and older) in the study’s targeted communities of Winter Park, Maitland, and Eatonville are obese.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020, children and adolescents who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for developing diabetes and heart disease. They are likely to stay overweight or obese into adulthood, placing them at increased risk for serious chronic diseases. The CATCH Healthy Habits program and its team of older adult volunteers is making a very positive impact for both children and older adults on reducing this epidemic and lowering the risk of chronic diseases.

“I love being able to connect with the children and enrich their lives with healthy habits and smart food choices,” says Marie Lee Jenkins, a Rollins CATCH Healthy Habits volunteer .

“We are very grateful to the Winter Park Health Foundation for their generous support of the program,” says Holly Tanyhill, coordinator for CATCH Healthy Habits. “It is so great to see such a valuable program provide an opportunity for children and seniors to learn healthy habits together.”

Adults 50 and older who are interested in volunteering or learning more about CATCH Healthy Habits may call (407) 646-2459 or write htanyhill@rollins.edu.

If you are interested in bringing CATCH Healthy Habits to your school or organization, please contact Healthy Kids Today.

JCC Hosts 2nd Healthy Habits For Life Day

JCC 1As the Nemours 5-2-1-Almost None game wheel spun in the Jewish Community Center’s auditorium in Maitland, children were asked to name their favorite physical activity, fruit or vegetable.  Nemours messages for a healthy lifestyle including “eating the colors of the rainbow” and “sometimes/anytime food and activities,” were all shared as part of the JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center’s 2nd Annual Healthy Habits for Life day held on January 22nd.  The event gave hundreds of children a chance to learn more about nutrition and physical activity through fun, interactive activities that included an obstacle course, smoothie tastings and a chance to make their own trail mix out of gogi berries, kale and veggie chips, and dried cherries and mangoes!  Families were also asked to participate at home by asking their child about their healthy choices.  The children were then able to present this information at the Show and Share to learn how their class made healthy choices for the week.

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5 Child Care Programs Got Moving with GeoMotion

Five Child Care Programs GeoMotion 1On January 23rd, thirteen directors and teachers of 3-5 year-olds gathered at the Winter Park Community Center to take part in a special training program provided by GeoMotion in partnership with Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative.  Through the use of short videos, GeoMotion is a movement-based product that encourages learning and academic achievement of various subject areas while providing physical activity in the classroom.  Five child care sites including Winter Park Day Nursery, Welbourne Nursery and Kindergarten, Aloma Kids Academy, The Learning Tree and Terrific Kids Child Development Center participated in this training as part of a pilot program for their participated in the Nemours Healthy Habits for Life:  A Child Care Obesity Prevention Initiative.  Each of these sites got moving with the videos and Learnercise mats for themselves before taking it back to incorporate more physical activity in their classrooms.

“Step Up to Healthy Habits” – Aloma ECLC

Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 1This year Aloma Early Child Learning Center has been involved in several Nemours programs including one funded locally by WPHF, which focuses on healthy eating and healthy activities. From the middle of January to the middle of February we encouraged families to choose healthy habits each day. This could be eating vegetables or fruit for snack or adding vegetables to a meal or doing a healthy activity with the family such as riding bikes together, or playing outside games together. Each time families did an activity or practiced a healthy eating habit they would capture it on a footprint. A total of 208 footprints were displayed down our hallways to show all the healthy choices everyone has been making at home and in the classroom. Visit the Aloma Early Childhood Learning Center Facebook page to see our Bike Parade on February 20th celebrating our “Step Up to Healthy Habits” campaign.Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 2

"Step Up to Healthy Habits” – Aloma ECLC

Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 1This year Aloma Early Child Learning Center has been involved in several Nemours programs including one funded locally by WPHF, which focuses on healthy eating and healthy activities. From the middle of January to the middle of February we encouraged families to choose healthy habits each day. This could be eating vegetables or fruit for snack or adding vegetables to a meal or doing a healthy activity with the family such as riding bikes together, or playing outside games together. Each time families did an activity or practiced a healthy eating habit they would capture it on a footprint. A total of 208 footprints were displayed down our hallways to show all the healthy choices everyone has been making at home and in the classroom. Visit the Aloma Early Childhood Learning Center Facebook page to see our Bike Parade on February 20th celebrating our “Step Up to Healthy Habits” campaign.Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 2