May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
Get on out there and enjoy the beautiful weather while doing something active. It could be as easy as taking a daily walk. Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:
- Children and adolescents – Improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health.
- Adults – Lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
- Older adults – Lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).
See more ideas at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's helpful website, Healthfinder.
12 Ways to Spring Clean Your Health
- "From tackling your in-box to tossing expired meds," take a look at these tips from Prevention magazine to refresh your health.
February is Heart Health Month
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Take a look at this page from The Heart Foundation to learn about ways you can reduce your risk and make a difference during Heart Health Month.
Kindness Health Facts
- Practicing kindness can actually increase energy and happiness while decreasing anxiety and depression. Learn about all of this and more in this report from The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season
- Please take a minute to consider some healthy advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Five Ways to Fight the Flu
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one in five Americans comes down with the flu each year. Flu can be mild or severe, with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and body aches.
Here are 5 ways you can help your body fight the flu!
- Getting an annual flu shot in advance of flu season can go a long way toward protecting yourself and your family from getting the flu.
- Get some sleep. Resting your body is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your body and keep others from being sick. Put an extra pillow under your head to help drain your nasal passages.
- Drink fluids. Hot or cold, whatever soothes your throat or you can keep down if feeling nauseated.
- Take a steamy shower. Warm steam can help moisturize your nasal passages and clear out mucus in your nose and throat.
- Get in sync with zinc. Zinc is a natural fighter of the flu if used in early stages of the flu. Two zinc lozenges a day can help shorten the duration of the flu.
Eat This, Not That: Thanksgiving Edition
- Take a look at this web post from dietician and wellness coach Kristen Carlucci to find tips for putting a healthy twist on traditional Thanksgiving recipes to cut calories and fat.
Ten Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy
- Food is fun...Enjoy your food.
- Breakfast is a very important meal.
- Eat different foods every day. Variety is the recipe for health.
- Which group would you tip for the top? Base your food on carbohydrates.
- Gimme five! Eat fruits and vegetables with each meal and as tasty snacks!
- Fat facts. Too much fat is not good for your health.
- Snack attack! Eat regularly and choose a variety of snacks.
- Quench your thirst. Drink plenty of liquids.
- Care for those teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Get moving! Be active every day.
For more information, please take a look at this informative flier with more details.
We Teach Nutrition
- FCPS Food & Nutrition Services
- Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) serves as the nutrition resource in the community. It teaches nutrition in a variety of new venues including monthly parent menus, parent newsletters, posted nutrition information in the school service areas, and the website.
- Nutrition education is an integral part of the FNS program. All supervisors provide nutrition education to students of all ages, teachers, school administrators, Parent Teacher Organizations, at health fairs, and at senior citizen sites. Customized lesson plans cover a variety of current topics to complement the nutrition education curriculum. The main goals are for students to learn how to make healthy choices and contribute to the reduction of childhood obesity.