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1 Staff Wellness: Why It Matters and What Can Be Done Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

2 Staff Wellness 4 Steps to Staff Wellness 1.Survey the Staff 2.Enlisting support (Wellness Team, principal) 3.Develop Wellness Ideas 4.Start your first project! 2

3 Staff Wellness Health & Wellness 3 Body Mind Spirit

4 Staff Wellness Why are school employee wellness programs important? According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation: More than 6.7 million people are employed by public school systems in the United States – about 3.5 million teachers and 3.2 million other employees. The conditions that affect the health of employees also influence the health and learning of students. Protecting the physical and mental health of school employees is integral to protecting the health of students and ensuring their academic success. 4

5 Staff Wellness Wellness- is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual’s potential. This is a life-long process of moving towards enhancing one’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social well-being. 5

6 6 What do they think? Survey!

7 Staff Wellness 7

8 Staff Health and Wellness 8

9 9 Who can help? Enlist support!

10 Staff Wellness What is a Wellness Champion? A Wellness Champion is an active member of the school community, such as a teacher, paraprofessional, nurse, parent, school partner, lunchroom manager, or resource coordinator, with a passion for and commitment to creating a healthier school environment for our students. A Wellness Champion will lead their school’s efforts to increase healthy eating and physical activity for students during the school day. 10

11 Staff Wellness School Wellness Team It’s part of the Wellness Policy! “The principal of each campus shall be responsible for implementation of the local wellness policy and shall appoint a school-based team that includes parent/guardian membership to develop and implement an annual evaluation plan.” People to include: –Principal─ PE Teacher –Parents, LSC─ Non-profits –School nurse─ Students –Dining manager─ School Engineer –Other committee members 11

12 12 Develop your idea and go!

13 Staff Wellness Motivation “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Chinese proverb 13

14 Staff Wellness Group Motivation Start a “Biggest Loser” contest Place informative information on vending machines Provide motivational quotes in mail boxes Find a workout partner Make healthy food available Start a walking club Share your favorite physical activity Suggest a list of songs you like to workout to Rewards-spa treatment, manicure, haircut, movie Provide tools and resources for co-workers. Make it impossible to say “No.” 14

15 Goal Setting Clarifies your ultimate vision- gives you clarity on what you ultimately want. Keeps pushing you forward- having a defined goal will serve as a constant reminder. Keeps you focused- allows you to center in on exactly where to spend your time and energy. Makes you accountable- accountable to yourself, no one else. Being accountable ensures you are staying focused. Be the best YOU- striving to achieve your goal will allow you to stretch, grow, and reach new heights. Live life to the fullest- goals with measures and deadlines ensures you are maximizing your experiences. 15 Staff Wellness

16 16 Get Started!

17 Staff Wellness Free or Reduced-Cost Health Screenings CVS – Free Health Screenings January 2014 Walgreens-Free Health Screening Voucher (expires 3/31/2014) Resurrection Health Care Spring Screenings - On-going Saint Xavier University Health Fair - March 21st American Diabetes Association Spring Expo – April 5, 2014 17

18 Staff Wellness Health and Wellness Resources YMCA-“The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” Cardinal Fitness-This local fitness center has locations throughout the city and offers personal training as well as access to state of the art gym equipment. They also support health and wellness in their communities and work with local organizations to promote healthy living. Rates at Cardinal start at $10 per month. Planet Fitness-This “diverse, Judgment Free Zone” is where you can create an active and healthy lifestyle. Members can relax and get in shape without being subjected to the hard-core, look-at-me attitude that exists in many gyms. Membership is reasonably priced and with locations all across the city, you shouldn’t have any excuse not to go! Cross Town Fitness-High intensity interval training through a variety of drills that incorporate cardio endurance, strength, flexability, agility and balance. CPS Teachers qualify for a 45% discount at their downtown location! 18

19 Fit to Learn Resources 19

20 Staff Wellness Questions? 20

21 Review Survey the staff, find out what’s important to them Enlist the help of others Develop a program that is based on feedback from the staff Get started! 21 Staff Wellness

22 Made possible by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Grant Number: 1H75DP004181-01) to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Student Health and Wellness, Healthy CPS. The views expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions and official policies of CDC. BE A HEALTHY ROLE MODEL

23 Promote healthy lifestyles at school and school activities Well-nourished students have: Better academic performance and test scores Better attendance Better classroom behavior

24 BE A HEALTHY ROLE MODEL Eat nutrient rich foods in front of students Drink water throughout the day If drinking a sugar sweetened beverage change containers Incorporate movement intervention into class time (See FocusWELL) 24

25 HEALTHY SNACKING Snacks should be: High in fiber Choose foods such as: whole wheat crackers, whole grain bread, fruits, and vegetables High in protein Lean meats, beans, peanut butter, nuts, seeds, hummus, yogurt, milk, and cheese Low in fat Low-fat or fat free yogurt, milk, cheese Lean meats Limit processed foods 25

26 HEALTHY SNACKING Protein and fiber combination Regulates blood sugar Keeps you fuller longer Helps you avoid overeating at meals Nutrient Dense Snacks High in nutrients, low in calories Think an apple with peanut butter! Energy Dense Snacks High in calories, low in nutrients Think potato chips!

27 HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS Hummus, vegetables, and whole wheat pita chips Fat-free yogurt, fruit, and whole grain graham crackers Low-fat/fat-free string cheese, granola bar, and apple Yogurt parfait: fat-free/low-fat yogurt, cranberries, granola Vegetables and low-fat Greek yogurt dip Banana and peanut butter ½ Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of skim milk Popcorn with little to no butter or salt added 27

28 HEALTHY BEVERAGES Only 2 drinks our body NEEDS Milk Calcium for strong teeth and bones 3 glasses a day Choose low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) Water 60% of our body is made of water 6 to 8 cups a day Keeps organs healthy Cleans our body Good for skin, eyes, and nails

29 HEALTHY BEVERAGES Drinking unhealthy beverages impacts: Bone health: phosphoric acid Teeth: phosphoric acid and sugar Kidneys: sugar and caffeine Pancreas: sugar Heart: caffeine and sugar Stomach: acid and carbonation Weight: sugar



32 NUTRIENTS TO LIMIT Saturated Fat: Solid Animal Clogs arteries ↑ cholesterol production Unsaturated Fat: Liquid Plants Heart healthy Trans Fat: Solid Manmade Least healthy fat ↑ “bad” cholesterol ↓ “good” cholesterol “Hydrogenated”

33 NUTRIENTS TO LIMIT 2,300 mg/day People ages 2+ that do not fit criteria for reduced intake 1,500 mg/day African Americans ages 2+ Adults ages 51+ People ages 2+ with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease

34 NUTRIENTS TO LIMIT 1 teaspoon of salt = 2,300 mg sodium 2/3 teaspoon of salt = 1,500 mg sodium Foods typically high in sodium: Processed snack foods Canned soups and vegetables Pre-packaged meals/snacks Frozen meals/snacks

35 NOTABLE NUTRIENTS Fiber 25g/day for women 38g/day for men Use vitamin and mineral percentages as a guide for daily intake Don’t judge a food by its CARBS!

36 % DAILY VALUE Based on 2,000 calorie intake per day 5% or less is low 20% or more is high Use as a guide

37 INGREDIENT LIST Ingredients are listed in order by weight from largest to smallest Consider the number of ingredients Think twice if you have trouble pronouncing the majority of ingredients listed

38 PERCENT FAT 38 (Calories from Fat ÷Total Calories) x 100 = % fat ≥ 25% = HIGH fat food Flamin’ Hots (100/160) x 100 = 62.5% fat!

39 PERCENT FAT 39 (Calories from Fat ÷Total Calories) x 100 = % fat ≥ 25% = HIGH fat food Baked Flamin’ Hots (45/120) x 100 = 37.5% fat!



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43 BEWARE OF HEALTH CLAIMS! 43 Low-Fat Fat-Free Low-Sugar Sugar-Free If something is removed from a product something else is always added to balance taste!

44 OVERVIEW: KEY POINTS Be a healthy role model Choose healthy snacks for better and sustained energy Limit sugar sweetened beverages Choose water most often Look at serving size and servings per container Be mindful of ingredients to limit Be aware of health claims All foods in moderation

45 HEALTHTEACHER.COM Interactive health education lessons Can be integrated into mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies Align with Common Core Standards To create an account follow the steps listed below: 1. Go to 2. Our activation code is CPS-1 3. Create account


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