The Wellness Connection Between Families, Schools and Communities

Task Force Project

The Purpose:

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)

Motor Breaks

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. 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.

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