Healthy Lifestyles

2021-22 NECPTA Healthy Lifestyles Chair: Melinda Cox healthylifestyles@necouncilpta.com

Healthy Lifestyles chairs serve as a liaison between your PTA , campus, and community regarding health and wellness related issues. Health and wellness can cover a lot of different areas and each campus is unique so give some thought to what your local PTA could bring to your students and campus. Even though we might not know what the next year will look like, there are definitely some easy ways you can engage students at different levels over the summer and moving into the fall semester.

Thank you!

COVID 19

We are navigating changing times at the moment. Here is a link from National PTA where you can sign up to receive information and updates which will help you keep up with school related information in regard to COVID 19: https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/coronavirus-information When the school year does get back on track, check the Healthy Lifestyles Resource Guide for monthly ideas about information you could bring to your campuses. The link below also has so helpful information and ideas that might inspire you or provide a direction you could take at your campus in the fall or even with your own children over the long summer months. https://www.actionforhealthykids.org

Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyles Resources

Community Programs

The North East Council of PTAs is always open to ideas to help support children. There are also many community groups who worked hard every day to provide a wealth of different safety and informational programs. The following links and flyers provide useful information for your students, families and staff. As always, please contact Melinda Cox Healthy Lifestyles Chair with questions.

NEISD

North East ISD is committed to improving the lives of employees and families who are experiencing the challenges of family dynamics, mental health and overall wellness.

NEISD & STUDENT LEADERSHIP & WELLBEING

Chuggington

Union Pacific , Safe Kids World Wide and University Health Systems have teamed up to provide safety programs in regard to car seats, buckling up and trains!

https://www.chuggington.com/rail-safety


PTA Programs

Safe Driving

As the NEISD Council of PTAs chair for 2020-2021, I have highlighted areas to focus on this page. I am also the parent sponsor for the Johnson HS PTSA Smart Driving Club and would like to help all campuses find a small or big way to get out a safe driving message. We could all use a reminder to be a better driver. There are numerous programs and groups available to all campus levels which work to remind drivers to make safe choices behind the wheel and remind passengers and pedestrians the choices they need to make to be safe on the roads. All programs can be brought to campuses free of charge and could be done as a lunch time event, a KIN event , a PTA membership event or a general assembly event. If you are interested in bringing safe driving information to your campus, please reach out to Healthy Lifestyles Chair Melinda Cox. Check out the Johnson PTSA Smart Driving Club for information about what a safe driving program looks like at the campus level. There are opportunities for elementary and middle school students as well. A student does not need to be a driver in order to participate in safe driving information. Passengers can gain the chance to become safe driving advocates as well.

Last year all seven high schools participated in a SAFE 2 SAVE driving competition. Prizes were awarded and the winner took him bragging rights as the safest driving campus.

In the United States, about 9 people are killed every day due to car crashes involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is an epidemic facing our entire nation and BLANK is determined to aid in spreading awareness about this problem and a tangible solution to the issue.

To change behavioral patterns, SAFE 2 SAVE has developed an app and platform that creates both a positive rewards system and accountability to a loved one. Users earn points for every minute driving while not being on their phones. To remind users to put their phones down, the app’s home screen features a photo of a loved one with the message, “Is it really worth it?”. Points accumulated while driving safe and can be redeemed for discounted and free items your favorite places in-store and online!

Download SAFE 2 SAVE in the app store today and use the code DRIVECHANGE for an additional 500 points. Together, we can turn the trend regarding attitudes and behaviors around distracted driving.

  • SAFE 2 SAVE Flyer (English) – LINK

  • SAFE 2 SAVE Flyer (Spanish) – LINK

Boomerang Bags

Part of a healthy lifestyle and campus is understanding the impact we each make on the environment. Plastic bags are a daily part of our lives but can also make an impact on the health of our community. We would like to try a program dedicated to reducing the number of plastic bags on the planet while introducing the idea of community.

Boomerang Bags creates communities bringing people together to make reusable bags which can then be taken to the grocery, market or wherever you might use a plastic bag. This program reduces the number of plastic bags but also encourages volunteering, recycling and partnerships. Please read through this link to see if this is a program you would be interested in at your campus. The Summer 2020 Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyles newsletter includes a link to a program called Plastic Free July. You could incorporate a boomerang bag into this program.

Plastic Free July – Be Part of the Solution Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. www.plasticfreejuly.org If you are interesting in making reusable bags, I made a short video with basic instructions.

Share pictures of your plastic free July and let me know if you make a bag!

Council Cooks!

It is always Healthier at Home! Council Cooks and we would love to share recipes and would love to share your recipes! We aren’t looking for all things green… just the recipes you make at home in your kitchen for your family, served at your table. Most of us cook and most of us struggle every week as we walk the aisles. Even if you don’t cook you struggle for ideas to feed your family. Let’s all share and experiment and see what we can get in the pot, the air fryer, the slow cooker, on the stove, or in the oven. Email your favorite recipes, meal strategies , or ideas to Melinda Cox or share on our Facebook page! This could be a spot were the care givers of over 60,000 students come together to share… What’s for Dinner and Beyond!

From Melinda Cox, Healthy Lifestyles Chair: I will start and share two recipes my family loves. I am married to a Peruvian and have two high school boys at home!

From Judy Sanders, Council webmaster: This soup is perfect for making in the Instant Pot! Set it up and walk away while the pot does all the work. You can add meat (it’s the perfect way to use up a ham and bone leftover from the holidays) or it’s just as good meatless. Add all the veggies you like – last time I made it I threw in handfuls of swiss chard I had on hand.

From Council President Audra Frigon - Taco Tuesday never looked better!