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Children’s Health Week has become a yearly tradition in Tennessee, and Roane County students celebrated with a variety of activities highlighting this year’s theme “A Healthy Tennessee Begins with a Healthy ME!”
At each of the 17 schools, the health school team of staff, parents, community partners and students planned and carried out special events and educational initiatives that focused on creating a healthier lifestyle.
Each school had different activities each day. Topics included the importance of eating fruits and vegetables each day, maintaining a healthy weight, the value of regular exercise, understanding and prevention of juvenile diabetes and the importance and technique of proper hand washing.
Activities included poster contests, a Wear Pink Day for breast cancer awareness, daily announcements over the public address systems, body-mass index screenings and education on the new MyPlate guidelines, which has replaced MyPyramid.
Kingston Elementary School hosted a Go, Slow, Whoa! Nutrition Awareness Program kick-off.
The program’s purpose is to assist students in making healthier choices as they go through the lunch line.
Green-labeled foods are encouraged most often. They are the lowest in fat, added sugar and calories.
Yellow-labeled foods are also encouraged, but not as often because they have a little more fat, added sugar and/or calories.
Red-labeled foods are also OK to eat, but not as often as the green and yellow.
As students go through the line, they can see the colored labels by each particular food item and know which foods are green, yellow or red. Choices are still up to the student.
All sixth-grade students in the middle schools were treated to a presentation by University of Tennessee Medical Center respiratory therapists on asthma triggers and the effects of tobacco on growth and development.
The presentation included a slide show and open question-and-answer session.
Contact Patti Wells, school health coordinator, at 882-3700, Ext. 1910, or email@example.com for information on this or any other item related to wellness initiatives.