Healthy Living Blog
Safety in a SNAP
Safety in a SNAP
How many of us walked or biked to school back in
the day? Probably most of us! Nowadays, kids are shuttled to school even if
school is down the road. From 1969 to 2009, there was a 35% decrease in the
number of children who usually walked to school (National Center for Safe
Routes to School, 2011). Why? 30.4% of parents reported their kids didn’t walk
to school due to Traffic-related danger. This is completely understandable; no
one wants their kid walking to school if it’s unsafe. This is why the Utah
Department of Transportation (UDOT) created the Student Neighborhood Access
Program (SNAP). This fun and comprehensive program for walking and biking
safely to school engages and educates students, their parents, school staff,
and entire communities.
How can you become involved? Get together with
your PTA and School Administration to identify the safest route for your
school. Use these resources to help you get started and ramp up additional
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Walking School Bus
Walk More in 4
Benefits of walking and biking safely to school
Need help getting your school and community involved?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Farmers Market Week is Here!
Farmers Market Week is Here!
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, from the USDA, has proclaimed
Aug. 6-12 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the 18th year USDA has
supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from,
farmers and vendors at their local market.
This annual event, sponsored by the USDA, highlights the important role farmers
markets play in our nation's food system. And we invite you to join the
At farmers markets, we meet our community,
access affordable, healthy produce, and support family farmers who
overwhelmingly use farming practices that protect our environment. These are all benefits that impact each of
us, and are all reasons to support farmers markets not just this week, but all
Remember, every day we eat, we owe our thanks to a farmer. Whether you spend a
little or a lot, pay a visit to a farmer’s market this week, and show them just
how much they're truly appreciated.
Salt Lake County Farmers Markets can be found here:
Live Well Utah Farmers Market Edition Booklet
Love a good Instagram Contest?
Help us celebrate Farmers Market Week and enter Farmers Market Coalition's (FMC's) #LoveMyMarket
Instagram Contest! All you need is one of our 'I Heart Farmers Markets' temporary
tattoos and a little creativity. How do you enter? Where do you get
tattoos? Are there prizes?
Click here for answers to those questions and more!
Summertime Health Hacks
Did you know? June is National Fruit and Veggie month, and we want
to help you and your family make the most of it! We all know that eating fresh
fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but it can be hard to get the
servings we need every day. The American Heart Association recommends eating 4
servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day. So, as you start
setting up your tents for weekend camping trips, enjoying neighborhood BBQ’s,
and staying cool at the pool, refer to these helpful tips and recipes to ensure
that your family is as healthy as can be and making the most of Fruit and
Veggie Month all summer long!
Whether you’re sleeping in a tent or the back of
your pickup, check out these ideas to keep your campout going strong!
Little Preparation Goes a Long Way
Wanting to one-up Martha’s famous Fourth of July
pasta salad? Try one of these mouth-watering recipes!
Feta and Basil Salad
*P.S. They all incorporate produce that is in
season! Check out this list
to see more.
at The Pool
Temperatures in Utah have been at an extreme high
this summer, but we have the solution to help you and your family beat the
3-Ingredient Homemade Popsicles
TOP Star: Teaching Obesity Prevention in Childcare Settings
What is TOP Star?
TOP Star is a program developed by the Utah Department of Health and Utah's Local Health Departments to prevent obesity among children in childcare. The goal of TOP Star is to help childcare providers improve their center’s environment through nutrition and physical activity with technical support from local Health Department Consultants.
How do I become Endorsed?
What is Endorsement based on?
TOP Star endorsement is based on a point system measured by the final
self—assessment. There are three levels: One Star, Two Stars and Three stars.
Why TOP Star?
TOP Star endorsement helps you boost numbers at your child care facility by standing out to parents and showcasing your achievements in nutrition and physical
activity! All endorsed providers are promoted on the Utah Department of Health's, Salt Lake County Health Department’s and Care About Childcare’s Website. You will also
receive Information and resources with recipes, activities, and applicable news updates! Watch this video to see TOP Star’s impact on a Salt Lake County center.
Child Care Licensing Credit
Child care providers who earn TOP Star endorsement will receive up to 10 Hours of credit towards Child Care Licensing and Career Ladder Credit for Levels 1-3 or 5-8.
Contact your local TOP Star Consultants for more information and become TOP Star endorsed!
the school year comes to a close, your kids are probably feeling the pressure
of their final exams, final projects, and the excitement for the summer months
ahead! So how can you help keep them focused and more care-free during crunch
time? Look below for some helpful hints:
Grateful. Research shows that engaging in some sort of gratitude every
day, i.e., keeping a gratitude journal, practicing
gratitude exercises, etc., has many health
benefits, both physical and emotional. Some of these benefits are more
positive emotions, increased optimism, a stronger immune system, better sleep,
and lower blood pressure. Practicing gratitude reminds us, and our kids, of the
good things in life, and can help reframe the current situation, seeing it in a
Matters. “Mindfulness not only reduces stress, but also gently builds
an inner strength so that future stressors have less impact on our happiness
and physical well-being.” Practicing
mindfulness can help us to become more aware of our thoughts, emotions,
feelings, and surroundings. It provides an opportunity to take a step back and
look at the big picture, helping your lil’ scholars decide how to react to a
situation and change their attitude. Try downloading a mindfulness
app, guided meditation,
or these other ideas!
Do them together to help you both de-stress.
Breathe. Taking a minute to focus on your breath can also be a great
way to reduce stress. It gives the brain the break it needs to refocus, recharge,
and come back to your project or assignment with a clear head. There are lots
of different ways to tune into your breathing; practice deep
breathing, do some stretching,
or simple breathing
exercises can do the trick! If you have younger kids, have them try calm
It Up. Experts say that taking a break
while studying helps boost creativity and increase productivity! If your
students find themselves in a slump, take the dog for a quick walk, play catch
in the backyard, or take a minute to make a healthy snack. Letting your brain
relax and allowing some time for fun will help your kids finish the year
and Prioritize. Feeling frazzled between end of year PTA meetings,
tests, and extracurricular activities? Don’t fret, just get organized! Have a
family calendar on the fridge and assign each child to a color so you know
which activity belongs to who; Prioritize homework time and family time; is
there something your child can do without? Maybe cutting back on certain
extracurriculars can make more time for other important things.
Household Habits. Living a healthy lifestyle is a key component to
being stress free. Engaging in physical activity, whether it’s through team
sports or a family bike ride after dinner, produce endorphins in our brain.
Endorphins are chemicals that relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure.
Encouraging healthy eating habits can also prevent stress. If a child is full
with the right nutrients, they’re going to feel energized and are less likely
to reach for the cookie jar halfway through studying. Keeping healthy
snacks on hand can also be helpful; apples and peanut butter, carrots and
hummus, etc. Last, ensuring your child is getting enough sleep is crucial. Have
a set bed time and bed time routine, and if they need a nap, try to keep it
within 20 minutes (depending on age).
it out. Let your kids know that it’s ok to ask for help and that you
are their strongest support system. When they do come to you, be sure you are actively
listening and empathizing with them. Be encouraging and positive; praise
them for their accomplishments and help them to see opportunities for growth in
difficult situations (getting a bad grade, a missed catch, etc.). Remember,
boys and girls handle stress differently, so be in tune to different