St. Louis Rams, United Healthcare team up to sponsor new AHA Teaching Garden

30 May

Special thank you to the St Louis Rams for sponsoring the new American Heart Association Teaching Garden at Iveland Elementary.

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All hands (and hooves) were on deck to help dig and plant the new seedlings this week, including the the Ram’s official Mascot, Rampage, and Ram’s cheerleaders.

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More than 20 volunteers from the American Heart Association, St. Louis Rams and co-sponsor United Healthcare built 10 garden boxes at Iveland Elementary for students to plant a community vegetable garden. Students planted vegetables for a salsa garden, pizza garden, herb garden and more. This summer, Iveland families and community look forward to tending the garden and enjoying its harvest.

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Happy Growing!

Photos courtesy of Ritenour School District

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PS 214 Plants American Heart Association Teaching Garden

21 May

Fantastic blog from our friends in Long Island and Queens. Congrats to PS 214 on a marvelous second planting day.

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16 May

Godzilla needs his veggies if he’s going to have the energy to destroy any major cities this weekend. Friendly reminder to eat something healthy before you fill up on popcorn at the theater. Are you excited for the new Godzilla Movie? Tell us why in the comments!

More:

No time for veggies? Use these tips to add more to your plate.

Grab the freshest produce by stocking on on Spring and Summer seasonal favorites.

 

Dallas Teaching Garden Champion attends the White House Easter Egg Roll

24 Apr

Special congrats to our Teaching Garden champion at Moss Haven Elementary, Kim Aman, for being invited to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll. The garden ( or as Moss Haven likes to call it, the MHE Farm) is an oasis of healthy learning in the Dallas, TX area. Their hard work growing goodness and hatching healthiness paid off when the first lady invited them to the annual White House Easter celebration. Read about their adventure in this excerpt from their blog.

That’s right.., Farmer Aman was invited to the White House for this annual event that has been going on for 136 years. This year’s theme fit right into the movement that we have going on at our school, Hop Into Healthy – Swing Into Shape. The South Lawn became a playground for 30,000 guests and we were lucky enough to be a part of it all!

Movement, fitness, nutrition and children’s health and wellness was the theme. Our school farm and wellness program at Moss Haven align with this incredible National movement and fortunately, we are creating a program that teaches kids about making better choices and thinking about their healthiness. If you teach this to young ones, you can create change.

We have learned that farming builds community and helps to create a network of support. Using that network, we were able to meet Sam Kass, the White House chef. We were also able to share with him what we are doing to help grow healthy kids at our school.

We’re so proud of the Moss Haven gardeners for their tremendous success! Read the full story on their blog.

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Watch CBS 11’s news coverage of Moss Haven’s Elementary White House invite.

Virtual tour of the Moss Haven Farm

Learn to Save a Child’s Life with new online CPR and First Aid Class

18 Apr

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In schools, we have a plan for fires, severe weather, and other emergencies. They’re routine and practiced. But what if disaster strikes in a way we’re not ready for?  With more than 9.2 million children being treated by emergency departments for injuries, being able to respond quickly and effectively is an essential skill for anyone who cares for an infant or child.

We’re excited to announce that now everyone can be ready to save a life with the American Heart Association’s new online training on first aid and resuscitation.

Using real-life scenarios and interactive lessons, the self-paced, two-and-a-half-hour course teaches people to manage infants’ or children’s medical emergencies until professional help arrives. It covers critical skills for treating:

  • allergic reactions
  • asthma
  • bleeding and bandaging
  • cardiac or respiratory arrest
  • choking
  • diabetes and low blood sugar
  • drowning
  • dehydration
  • head, neck, and spine injuries
  • seizure
  • temperature-related issues

More:

Elementary Teacher Saves 5 year old’s Life after Collapse at School

CPR in schools continues momentum

Stand with Parents! Tell the USDA You Support Eliminating Junk Food Marketing in Schools.

3 Apr

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Kids spend most of their time in schools — so doesn’t it make sense that we work to make sure the school environment is the healthiest it can be?

Numerous studies have shown that when kids are healthy, they perform better in school. That’s why we were thrilled when the USDA implemented stronger nutrition guidelines for school meals — and we are excited to see them do the same for snacks and drinks, too!

But did you know the food environment in school isn’t just limited to the food and drinks sold on campus? Right now, food companies market unhealthy food and beverages to students in a variety of ways at school, from posters in the hallways to displays on the vending machines to branded educational materials.

For example, two-thirds of elementary schools offer incentive programs that give kids coupons to fast food restaurants for completing academic work. All told, companies spend about $150 million every year marketing directly to students in schools!

That undermines parents who want to instill healthy habits in their kids. It also sends the wrong message about good nutrition to our nation’s young people.

Students spend more than 1,000 hours in school each year. That time should be spent learning and building educational habits, not being targeted by unhealthy marketing.

Fortunately, the USDA is now taking steps to ensure all schools become healthier places to learn. Raise your voice and let them know you support this important effort!

Study Finds that School Gardens Help Kids get Active

25 Mar

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Great news! A recently study by Cornell University found that school gardens help kids be more physically active. By the end of the study, kids at schools with gardens were moderately physically active at school for 10 more minutes a week than before their schools had gardens. That is four times more active than children at gardenless schools! What’s more, children who gardened at school were substantially less sedentary at home and elsewhere outside of school.

The researchers found that on average, children sat for 84 percent and stood for 10 percent during a typical indoor class. However during garden lessons, kids moved about much more, sitting for only 15 percent of the time, with the majority of their time spent standing, walking and kneeling.

Read more about this study and check out the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity in children.