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Research shows healthy habits learned in childhood support proper growth and development of children’s bodies and brains and promote better health outcomes in adulthood. Because good mental and physical health are linked to learning ability and because good health is a critical predictor of future productivity, it is essential that Texas schools provide students with access to learning environments that support healthy lifestyles.
Fact: Properly nourished children perform better in school-both academically and behaviorally.
Fact: Physical activity strengthens children’s bodies, minds, and self-esteem.
Fact: A good night’s sleep is essential for optimum growth, development and performance.
Fact: Healthy habits are best formed during childhood.
Texas PTA is committed to building healthy families and healthy communities, and believes we all have an important role to play in making sure parents, schools, and communities have the support and resources they need.
The following information will help you develop a healthy lifestyles initiative to work with parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and community members to support healthy lifestyles at home, at school and in your community.
Welcome to Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyles!
We are glad you're here, and we want to do all we can to help you be effective and succesful as a health champion for your school or district. Below are several documents with critical info and resources to help you do just that.
- Add a Healthy Lifestyles Committee
- Grants, Funding, and Resources
- Healthy Fundraising Flier
- Healthy Lifestyles Foundations Trifold
- SHAC Ten Flier
- Texas Nutrition Policy for Parents
My Lunch Rocks!
Being served a healthy lunch is not the same as eating one, as parents and food service personnel know only too well. Using cheerful stickers and colorful posters, "My Lunch Rocks" utilizes positive reinforcement, a sense of fun and the power of parent engagement of "catch" kids eating well. Parents hand out stickers to kids eating healthy food, whether that is applesauce, yogurt or whole grains. Eat your carrots, get a sticker! It is that simple, and simply effective. Get your kit today at our online store!
FitKids is the newest healthy lifestyles initiative. This flagship program will create a sustainable network of parents, administrators and resource providers to support effective coordinated school health efforts and realize increased student achievement.
A key component of the FitKids initiative is the FitKids Collaborative. This innovative framework will bring together parent leaders and school representatives from nearly 40 Central Texas school districts, along with agents of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Access FitKids Collaborative Materials Here
BREATHE…HOW TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS WITH HEALTHY OPTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Webinar Keywords: Health, Kids, Nutrition, Tips, Activities, Holidays, Parents
Presenter Name: Pat Sutton and Christine Jovanovic
Presenter Title: ACTIVE Life Director of Outreach and Healthy Lifestyles Chair, Texas PTA
Presenter Organization: IT'S TIME TEXAS/ACTIVE Life, Texas PTA
Webinar Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Webinar Time: 9:30 am
Webinar Duration: .5 hours
With the holidays just around the corner, parents are rushing even more from place to place and many times, fast food and idle kids become commonplace. Change this trend with these stress-free tips and tricks! This webinar will equip parents with ideas for planning fun, healthy activities for their families during the holidays. Make sure to join us for this fun webinar!
Please register for the webinar by clicking here.
Why Are Healthy Lifestyles Important?
Resources and information to define the need for healthy lifestyles:
- Healthy Lifestyles Poem by Taylor Mali
- Make A World Of Difference PowerPoint
- Texas Comptroller Report-Gaining Costs, Losing Time-The Obesity Crisis in Texas
Healthy Lifestyles Initiative Resources:
- Healthy Lifestyles Resource Guide (password required)
- Healthy Lifestyles Areas of Focus
- Healthy Lifestyles Strategies
- Healthy Lifestyles Guiding Documents
- Healthy Lifestyles Calendar Events
- Healthy Lifestyles Resource Partners
- Healthy Lifestyles Awards and Grants
- Healthy Lifestyles in Action
- Healthy Lifestyles Advocacy