CENTRAL’S FOOD AND FITNESS TEAM “ Doing what we can to create the healthiest community possible using Healthy, Locally Grown Foods, Educating Youth, and creating opportunities for Physical Activity and Play!”
THE FOOD AND FITNESS INITIATIVE <ul><li>* Nationally Sponsored Initiative funded by W.K. Kellogg </li></ul><ul><li>- Partners with: 4H and Iowa State University Extension </li></ul>* 9 Regions around the Nation building a healthier future… (Boston, Detroit, Holyoke, New York City, NE Iowa, Oakland, Philadelphia, Seattle(King County), Tohono O’odham nation) *NE Iowa leading the charge! (6 Counties: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Winneshiek) * Central is a major player in NE Iowa!
OVERWEIGHT and OBESITY IN NE IOWA Source: http://facits.idph.state.ia.us/facits/ Iowa Allamakee Clayton Fayette Howard Winneshiek Overweight 37.3% 38.2 38.1 37.8 38.2 35.9 Obese 22.5% 23.2 23.2 22.8 23.0 21.5
WHY DO WE NEED A FOOD AND FITNESS GROUP? THIS IS THE FIRST GENERATION of kids predicted to NOT OUT-LIVE THEIR PARENTS.
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1985 (*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs overweight for 5’ 4” person) Iowa Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ No Data <10% 10%–14%
CENTRAL’S TEAM…. Determined to be a part of the solution <ul><li>PICTURE OF OUR TEAM HERE </li></ul>Roughly 20 Students and 2 Advisors : Along with great administrative and community support!
WE ARE PRODUCTS OF OUR BUILT ENVIRONMENT. PARENTS ARE OUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES: GOOD OR BAD We need to impact everyone, Not just the youth…
Overweight children are 43.5 times more likely to have at least 3 cardiovascular risk factors. Source: Nicklas (2001) Journal of the American College of Nutrition 20(6): 599-608
<ul><li>CENTRAL’S FOOD AND FITNESS TEAM WANTS TO GIVE YOUTH A PLETHORA OF HEALTHY and FUN ALTERNATIVES TO JUNK FOOD AND VIDEO GAMES </li></ul>2 MAJOR FACTORS IN OBESITY: LACK OF EXERCISE and POOR DIET Video games Junk Food
THINGS WE’VE DONE WITH ~PHYSICAL ACTIVITY~ <ul><li>BUILT A BRAND NEW FITNESS ROOM </li></ul>Before After
STARTED AN ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN / WALK <ul><li>150 participants (over 75 youth) participated in our first annual 5K. </li></ul>Major source of sustainable funding
OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WE OFFER: Annual / Sustainable <ul><li>4 COURT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT </li></ul><ul><li>FRIDAY WALK TO SCHOOL </li></ul><ul><li>ALL SCHOOL WALKING TIMES </li></ul><ul><li>CHANNEL ONE ACTIVITIES </li></ul>
Source: Nicklas (2001) Journal of the American College of Nutrition 20(6): 599-608 Nearly one-third of U.S. Children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food every day , resulting in approximately six extra pounds per year, per child .
<ul><li>The most common vegetables eaten by children are French fries , ketchup and pizza sauce . (of the vegetables eaten by 6-11 year olds approximately 55 to 60% come from potatoes or tomatoes) </li></ul>
THINGS WE’VE DONE ~FOOD~ <ul><li>SLICED VEGGIES WITH THE LUNCH LADIES!!! </li></ul>
FRUIT SLICER = EASIER PREPARATION = MORE FRESH FRUIT <ul><li>$ BOUGHT THE KITCHEN STAFF A FRUIT SLICER $ </li></ul>
HEALTHY CHOICE AT A GAME <ul><li>Our Team worked a Fresh Turkey Sandwich Stand at home Volleyball and Basketball Games . To help some students incorporate life skills , we had them buy our groceries during the day. The Food and Fitness team made the sandwiches right before your eyes at the game. IT WAS A BIG HIT! </li></ul>PIC OF SANDWICH PIC OF SP. NEEDS. STUDENTS Turkey Sandwiches at Volleyball and Basketball games
EDUCATING YOUTH: <ul><li>NURSE VICKI EDUCATING YOUTH ABOUT SUGAR IN POP </li></ul>
FUTURE ENDEAVOURS: SHORT TERM DANCE MARATHON MINI-TRIATHALON COMMUNITY GARDEN
FUTURE ENDEAVOURS: LOOOOOONG TERM <ul><li>CONNECT THE TOWNS OF CENTRAL COMMUNITY </li></ul>WALKING BRIDGE ACROSS THE TURKEY YMCA DOWNTOWN
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE FOOD AND FITNESS GROUP? <ul><li>CREATING AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY </li></ul><ul><li>IMPROVING LOCAL ECONOMY </li></ul><ul><li>DESIGNING SAFER ROUTES TO SCHOOL </li></ul><ul><li>PROVIDING ALTERNATIVES TO X-BOX </li></ul><ul><li>GENERATING OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY </li></ul>
JOIN OUR GROUP <ul><li>Group members traveled *free of charge* to Boston and met with other youth from around the US to discuss what we have been doing. </li></ul>CHANCES TO TRAVEL…
OTHER THINGS YOU GET TO DO!!! <ul><li>Meet once a month (Healthy Breakfast provided) </li></ul><ul><li>Generate and create healthy ideas! </li></ul><ul><li>Build community service and leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Produce long lasting relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Most of all, you get to PAY IT FORWARD to the Central Elkader Community! HEALTH is the most important aspect of one’s life. If you don’t have your health, what do you have? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Given what we know about the health benefits of physical activity , it should be mandatory to get doctors permission NOT to exercise . Author unknown </li></ul>
A SPECIAL THANK YOU It’s all about the relationships we have, and continue to build Elkader Community Hospitals Athletic Booster Club Central Wellness Committee School Board Family Consumer Science Class Construction Classes Technology Classes School Nurse Lunch Ladies Curriculum Director Administration: Galen Reinsmoen; Superintendant Dan Yanda; HS Principal / AD Troy Lentell; Elem. Principal