CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH - UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER
December 2013 Edition                                                                               Volume 3

WELCOME!

Happy Holidays from "Rochester's City Schools Got HEART!" This monthly e-newsletter includes health tips, training announcements, grant opportunities, updates, events, and a "School Spotlight" feature to showcase innovative school health initiatives. Our goal is to keep you well informed about school health resources, activities, and successes!          

 

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

In recent years, schools in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) have become convenient venues for delivering health programs and services to urban youth. These initiatives promote youth health. 

 

Innovative Coordinated School Health Programs (CSH), supported by HEART, make healthy choices easier for both students and staff in the District. At the School of the Arts (SOTA), CSH programs have been successfully launched over the past two years. Between January and May 2013, 45 participants completed "The Biggest Winner" contest and lost 5-10 pounds.The school nurse and a registered dietitian assisted with the contest. SOTA's Wellness Champion and Athletic Director, Dave Michelsen, said that this was the second year the contest was held at SOTA. He added, "We kicked-off the program in January, when people were making New Year's resolutions to get healthier and lose weight." An after-school weight lifting club also ran from September 2012-May 2013 and helped improve fitness levels. 

 

Mr. Michelsen said that one challenge at his school is the lack of outdoor facilities for physical activity. To solve this dilemma, the Physical Education and Health Department will explore nearby community venues with facilities for physical activity, such as YMCAs, rock climbing facilities, and skating rinks. As Company Captain for the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge run/walk at R.I.T. in the Spring, Mr. Michelsen hopes to double District participation in this staff wellness opportunity. On-line registration for the event will open on February 1st, 2014.

 

The District is also using innovative approaches that increase student access to treatment services at school. Examples include:

  1. Health-e-Access, a telemedicine program that allows students to see their health-care provider without leaving school, via a video/computer network.
  2. School-Based Health Centers, located in eight schools, which provide medical and mental health services to enrolled students. 
  3. School-specific health partnerships with community agencies, e.g., some high schools are collaborating with the Center for Youth for drug and alcohol student counseling. 

For the full story, click here.

 

What will your School Wellness Team do this year to help students, staff, and parents lead healthier lives? We'd love to know!  To share your plans, please contact Marcia Middleton, RCSD Health Project Coordinator for H.E.A.R.T. at marcia_middleton@urmc.rochester.edu 

 

PREPARING FOR FLU SEASON

The flu season has started and the District is taking steps to protect both students and staff. Erin Graupman, District Coordinator of Student Health Services, says that:

  • A letter has been sent home with students advising parents/guardians about what symptoms warrant keeping their child home from school during the cold and flu season. This letter and other flu information is posted on the RCSD website.
  • Posters about the importance of flu vaccines are displayed in schools.
  • Three flu clinics have been held for District staff with over 200 people vaccinated.
  • School nurses will track flu symptoms in their electronic medical record system to understand seasonal trends. 

For more information on preparing for the flu season, contact your school nurse.

 

To find a convenient flu clinic in your neighborhood where you can get your shot, go to the Flu Vaccine Finder website and enter your zip code.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IDEAS FOR COLD WEATHER
Winter can be the toughest time of year to engage kids in physical activity. Click on the links below for fun ideas and resources to help children stay active and safe in cold weather:  

 

  

Indoor Physical Activity Ideas for Kids!

Let's Move... Cold Weather Fun!

Outdoor Play on Winter Days

 

 

HOLIDAY FOOD TIPS, MENUS, AND PROGRAMS
1. HEALTHY HOLIDAY EATING 

Worried about making it through the Holidays without gaining extra pounds? Luckily, you can avoid the Holiday bulge by practicing mindful eating in moderation and using a few simple strategies. For interesting ideas to steer you safely through this season of feasting supplied by nutrition professionals, click on the links below:   

A Healthy Approach to Holiday Eating

Helpful Tips for Healthy Holiday Parties

Enjoy Guilt-Free Holiday Celebrations

A Lighter Take on Holiday Desserts Cooking Class    

  

The Holidays are a perfect time to involve children in cooking activities. You can teach your kids about nutrition while you have fun together tasting the foods you create. Kids will also gain confidence as they show off their healthy creations at the family table. Click on the links below to get terrific tips and recipes for cooking with kids!

    

The Joy of Cooking with Kids During the Holidays

Encourage Kids to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

Kids Eat Right

2. DECEMBER MENUS FOR SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAM
Check out December menus for school meal programs by clicking on the following links : Elementary School Breakfast Program, Elementary School Lunch Program, High School Breakfast Program, High School Lunch Program

3. THE HOLIDAY INFORMATION BULLETIN OF COMMUNITY FOOD PROGRAMS

The Holidays can be a stressful time for families already struggling to eat on a budget. The Holiday Information Bulletin can help families learn about where free dinners and food baskets are available in Rochester. Volunteer and donation opportunities are also listed.

 

HEART stands for Health Engagement and Action for Rochester's Transformation.  It is the name of the five-year Community Transformation Grant awarded to the Rochester community by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help  promote health by making healthy living easier. The HEART grant was awarded to the University of Rochester Medical Center, Monroe County Department of Public Health and community partners:  Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Foodlink, the Rochester City School District, and the YMCA of Greater Rochester.   

 

To learn about HEART successes and community partners, visit our Facebook page. 



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