National Public Radio has created a special series devoted to the health and wellness of families called, “On the Run: How Families Struggle to Eat Well and Exercise.”
Included in this series are a number of stories that outline the struggles today’s families face when trying to balance and juggle parenting, jobs, and healthy choices. Please check them out and then feel free to share any of the following stories with families or to have a conversation with your wellness team, classrooms, or school council.
Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition or Bygone Ideal
In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only
Rose-Colored Glasses and the Obesity Epidemic
Selling Your Kids on Veggies
How Did Our Brains Evolve to Equate Food with Love?
Sacrificing Sleep and Teens
Do You Really Know What Your Kids Are Eating?
Gauging Childhood Obesity: A Unique Poll
“”Once we do everything, there is absolutely no time to go outside and take a walk or get any exercise. It’s simply come in, eat, sit down, do homework, go to bed.”
– Paige Pavlik, Parent
Parkland School Division was awarded a Nutella Breakfast Table Fund award in January 2013 to help support the work being done through its Youth Resiliency Project. The Youth Resiliency Project aims to strengthen the health and wellness goals of each individual school by engaging students, parents, and a wellness team made up of diverse stakeholders.
This award will be distributed to three school sites, Stony Plain Central, Seba Beach, and Wabamun, whose wellness teams chose to focus this year’s action plan on improving their nutrition education and breakfast programming. Each school will be rolling out different education activities and purchasing equipment to help meet the breakfast needs of their student population.
The Nutella Breakfast Table Fund is committed to inspiring Canadians to eat breakfast everyday by supporting communities that share this vision. Parkland School Division looks forward to supporting this vision and student health and wellness through this award.