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.
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.
Summer Safety tips and tricks for our youth. PDF.
Wahoo Fire Department talks to the youth of Saunders County about Fireworks safety
Calendar for April Challenges here!
Pushups • Burpees • Healthy Snack Swap • Screen Time Swap
See Dylan McGill and Dr. Andrew Opp demonstrate Burpees and Push ups!
Each meal is a building block in your healthy eating style. Make sure to include all the food groups
throughout the day.
Family meals around the table provide an opportunity to spend time together.
Try these tips to help your family enjoy mealtimes together.
Planning for healthy snacks can help satisfy hunger in between meals
and keep you moving towards your food group goals.
Mountain Climbers | Squats
• Planks or Run in Place (alternating weeks and increased times)
• Brush Teeth 2 times each day
• Screen Time Swap
Join the challenge and fun!
Mom and dad read me!
Join Hank Newburn, MD and Nate Kotera, PA for this month's challenge! Also featuring healthy dental tips from UNMC College of Dentistry's Brandon Chapek. Saunders Medical Center wants our Youth to Be Well.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS—
THANKS TO OUR SCHOOLS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING—