The Wellness Connection Between Families, Schools and Communities
Task Force Project
The purpose of this task force is to share and inform parents about the connection between the wellness of a child and their connection to home, school and their community. Many parents want to meet their children's needs, but many not have available resources or may not have the means to do so. The goal of this task force is to share researched information so that parents and communities can better support children in their development. The idea is to educate the parent and community, as well as the child, and then have them work together to achieve better wellness.
What is wellness?
Webster's defines wellness as "The quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal." Roscoe (2009) states that several authors have proposed definitions of wellness, but their models contained different dimensions.
What is nutrition?
Webster's defines nutrition as "The act or process of nourishing or being nourished."
1 out of 3 children in America are overweight or obese
Sugar is just as addicting as cocaine- (See slide #)
Case Study- Fed Up
Processed foods are easy, fast and good for you. The food industry doesn't want us to know that fat free and low fat food are full of sugar.
One soda a day can increase a child't chance of obesity by 60%
Technology has changed the way children play and interact with each other. (See second picture at top)
Nearly 3/4 of all children ages 3 to 6 are in some form of non-parental care every week.
What is the physical?
Webster's defines physical as "Relating to the body of a person instead of the mind."
So what can we do about it? (Interventions)
Daily Walking Programs
After School Programs (Karate, Soccer, etc.)
Outdoor Activities (School Gardens, School/Community Team Work)
Little League Teams
Sport Teams Programs
Local Walking / Hiking Groups, Walking Trails
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2014). Childhood obesity facts. Atlanta, GA: CDC. Retreived from www. cdc.gov/health youth/obesity/facts.htm
David, L., Soechtig, S. (2014) Fed Up. United States: Atlas Films
Lent, M., Hill, T.F., Dollahite, J.S., Wolfe, W.S., Dickin, K.L. (2012). Healthy children, healthy families: Parents making a difference! A curriculum integrating key nutrition, physical activity, and parenting practices to help prevent childhood obesity. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44 90-92.
Reed, D. B., Patterson, P. J., & Wasserman, N. (2011). Obesity in rural youth: Looking beyond nutrition and physical activity. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43(5), 401-408.
Riley, E., Buskist, C., & Gross. M.K. (2012). Movement in the classroom: boosting brain power, fighting obesity. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 48, 62-66
Roscoe, L.J. (2009). Wellness: A review of theory and measurement for counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development,87(2), 216-226.