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Welcome to our page on Health and Safety issues. This committee also includes:
  Safe Teen Driving, Falcon Night, Suicide Prevention


May 2017


Health is Academic Update!


Last spring, NCPTA launched Health is Academic, a campaign that emphasized the connection between the health of a child and their academic success. This year, we're updating our graphics with the perspectives of real parents here in North Carolina.



Do you think your child has been postitively impacted by:

  • Health Education
  • Nutrition Environment and Services: Have school meals, non-food-based celebrations, or non-food fundraisers helped your child or family?
  • Employee Wellness: Have healthier teachers made your school healthier?
  • Social and Emotional Climate: Has your school made big strides to reduce bullying or to manage the stress of students and staff?
  • Physical Environment: Perhaps an outdoor classroom or playground, a bright and welcoming office, or a clean and well-kept building and grounds.
  • Health Services: Telemedicine programs, a school-based health center, dental services at school, or even a nurse monitoring your child's medications.
  • Community Involvement
  • Family Engagement: Does your school welcome and embrace all families?
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity: Brain breaks, recess, or a great PE teacher!
  • Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services: Has your school connected your family with needed resources in or out of school?

These are just ideas! There are many, many more ways these areas impact kids. You can click on each of these areas to see more ideas on our website!


Email Marianne and tell us your story! We'd love images and permission to use them in our advocacy for healthier kids and schools, but it's fine to just share your opinion on what has made your school healthier and a better place to learn.


Summer isn't Fun when You're Hungry!


Did you know that while most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills over the summer, children from low-income families also fall behind more than two months in reading compared to their peers from higher-income families?  Consistent, nutritious meals protect against cognitive decline, which can help mitigate summer learning loss and decrease the achievement gap (Deloitte 2015).


The Summer Food Service Program is operated throughout North Carolina through the USDA to provide children that are at risk of hunger with nutritious meals during the summer.   During 2016, only 15% of eligible NC children received a summer meal.  Take action today and learn how you can help this summer in your community! 


Learn more here.

National PTA Disappointed with Relaxation of Nutrition Standards for School Meals


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is relaxing nutrition standards for foods served to students, including requirements for whole grains, milk and sodium levels.


“Schools meals are an important source of the nutrients students need to grow properly and perform well in school. Schools are also where children learn and reinforce health behaviors that they will carry into adulthood,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “National PTA is disappointed that the Administration has relaxed nutrition standards for school meals. Ensuring children have access to nutritious foods in schools is critical to their health and success.”


In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the nation’s child nutrition programs. Since implementation of the law in 2012, more than 52 million children who attend schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program have benefited from healthier school environments. Research shows that since the passage of the law, nearly 80% of schools offer two or more vegetables at lunch, and students are eating 16% more vegetables with their meals.


“Currently, one in six adolescents is obese, while one in five faces hunger on a daily basis,” added Bay. “Critical progress has been made to provide children with healthier foods in schools. It is important that we build on this progress and do not go backward."


CDC Infobrief for Parents


Teens need one-on-one time with their healthcare providers, especially when it comes to discussing sensitive topics like mental and sexual health, substance use, and safety from bullying. CDC has released a new infobrief to help parents prepare themselves and learn more about why these conversations are so important.


Check it out and share with your families!


Will we see you there? Come to the Health and Wellness Roundtable at 8am on Saturday!




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