Teachers as Role Models for Healthy Habits

Healthy Eating
Two Oregon school districts—Bethel and Springfield—participated in a friendly Healthy Life Schools Challenge from April 14 to May 10. Teachers, faculty, and staff from 33 schools competed to find out which elementary, middle, and high school could eat more healthfully by replacing one unhealthy snack a day with a fresh fruit or veggie.

Throughout the challenge, 1,288 participants replaced 5,847 unhealthy snacks with 22,714 fresh fruits and veggies. PacificSource Healthy Life pitched in and donated some fruits and veggies to encourage participants to eat healthy along the way.

And, while this was a friendly competition to raise awareness for healthy eating, there were winners. Congratulations to Thurston Elementary, Briggs Middle School, and A3 (Academy of Arts and Academics) high school for consuming the highest percentage of fruits and veggies during the challenge! PacificSource Healthy Life will award each of the winning schools $1,000 to use for health and wellness initiatives in their school.

Active Living
Casa Run GrandsonIn addition to the competition to eat more fruits and veggies, the challenge also encouraged students, faculty, and staff to lace up their running shoes. PacificSource Healthy Life donated 50 race entries to Bethel and Springfield teachers and students for the Casa-Re/Max Integrity Champions for Children Run/Walk, which took place on May 10 at Skinner Butte Park in Eugene, Oregon. To help participants get ready for race day, a free Couch-to-5K training program was offered, which nearly 100 participants used to prepare for the Casa-Re/Max Run/Walk event.

If you’d like to train for your own local run or walk, you can use the free Run for My Healthy Life Couch-to-5K training program (shown below).

Couch to 5K_four week_family guide

Run for My Healthy Life Couch-to-5K

Visit RunningInTheUSA.com to find races in your community.

Links between Health and Education
School communities are increasingly becoming places where healthy habits can flourish. Teachers are in a good position to act as positive role models for students, parents, and the community. A teacher who is on a personal journey to wellness—including healthy habits such as healthy eating and regular physical activity—can have a good influence on the health of students and others.
As more and more schools, parents, students, and communities realize the strong links between health and education, the more progress students can make toward healthy choices and lifestyles.

Learn more at HealthyLifeChallenge.org.

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  1. You know, I hope teachers can really help in such situation, because it goes out of control


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