Step Up for Healthier Schools
Today's children are at high risk for developing many chronic diseases later in life due to obesity and lack of physical activity. These conditions include heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. Unfortunately, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Over the last three decades, the number of children that are classified as overweight has almost tripled. Children, ages 2 to 18, spend an average of four hours a day watching television, playing video games or using a computer. Seventeen percent of American children are watching television more than five hours each day. These youth are 8.3 times more likely to be overweight than children who watch television for two hours or less. In efforts to combat this trend, the Macomb County Health Department has developed several age appropriate, school-based programs.
Healthy Kids - Healthy Hearts
The Healthy Kids ~ Healthy Hearts Program is a NACo award winning, four-part program designed to teach 4th grade students in Macomb County healthy habits that will help prevent cardiovascular disease. The program targets key lifestyle elements including physical activity, nutrition and tobacco use. For four consecutive weeks, the staff meets with the students for one hour. During this time, the students are involved with interactive group activities addressing CVD risk factors. In addition, students participate in the "Healthy Hearts Challenge" and earn points by engaging in healthy behaviors outside of the classroom. Incentive prizes are awarded to supplement the lessons. For more information or to schedule this program for the 4th graders in your school, please call (586) 412-3387.
Macomb in Motion
In an effort to teach children that healthy habits begin at an early age, this one time interactive presentation is designed to teach kids the importance of getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. In addition, the concept of limiting screen time (television, computer and video games) is addressed. This presentation is available for kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, or to schedule a presentation for your school please call (586) 412-3387.
Be Smart, Eat Smart
To stress the importance of making healthy food and beverage choices, this interactive presentation involves fun activities and demonstration that engage the students. This one time presentation is available for kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, or to schedule a presentation for your school, please call (586) 412-3387.
For more information on any of the Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Programs please contact (586) 412-3390 or email us now.
Nutrition Detectives is a nutrition education program for elementary school children that teaches children to make healthy choices. They learn how to read labels, detect marketing deceptions while simultaneously learning to identify and subsequently choose healthy foods. The program is creative, engaging, and efficient. The Nutrition Detective DVD, "Teaching Kids to Make Healthy Choices" is free with a $5.95 shipping and handling fee and an additional $1.00 fee for each additional DVD. A teacher's manual/curriculum guide, pre- and post- quiz and other teaching tools can be found at http://www.yalegriffinprc.org/Programs-Resources/PRC-Programs-Resources/Nutrition-Detectives.