Be Well

Youth Be Well | Healthy Community Initiative

We are kicking off Youth Be Well! with the Wahoo schools and hope to extend this exciting program to the rest of the county next school year. Our goal is to integrate healthy lifestyles with learning at school and life at home. 

Why?
Unfortunately our numbers are not the best in Saunders County compared to National and Nebraska averages. 

Obesity, Screen Time & Activity

  • In 2014, 44.1% of Three Rivers adults reported a height and weight that computed to a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, and thus are considered obese (state comparison: 40.6%)  Source: Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (2014). In 2014, 69.4% of Three Rivers adults reported a height and weight that computed to a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, and thus are considered overweight or obese (state comparison: 66.7%)   Source: Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (2014)

    According to the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly 30% of Nebraska youth ages 10-17 are overweight or obese.

    The US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity, but data from the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health indicate that only 23% of Nebraska youth age 12-17 engage in vigorous physical activity every day. Further, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends less than two hours of screen time per day, but 12% of Nebraska children watch more than 4 hours on a typical weekday. Additionally, approximately 60% of Nebraska youth only eat one fruit and one vegetable per day, which is much less than the recommended amount of one serving of each per meal (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013).

    The prevalence of obesity among U.S. youth was 18.5% in 2015–2016. Overall, the prevalence of obesity among adolescents (12–19 years) (20.6%) and school-aged children (6–11 years) (18.4%) was higher than among preschool-aged children (2–5 years) (13.9%).

Youth Be Well! is a great opportunity for families to work together to swap out unhealthy choices for healthier options—in both food choices and activity options. We hope you enjoy the program and work together with us to make Saunders County, your school and your family the healthiest it can be!

What do I do?
Each month a new calendar will be posted and healthy lifestyle tips. Complete the calendar with your child and have them turn it into their teacher. There will be prizes awarded to help keep the kids motivated.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS—


THANKS TO OUR SCHOOLS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING—