Creating a healthy lifestyle for your family.
As parents and caregivers, you play an important role in making healthy choices for your family but also teaching kids to make healthy choices for themselves. Be Well SHBP focuses on improving family well-being and reducing childhood obesity by providing resources and tools for parents, children and schools. By taking advantage of the Be Well SHBP tools and resources, you are taking the first step to making the healthy choice, the easy choice for you and your family.
There are three important areas to focus on when making healthy choices for you and your family.
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- Increasing physical activity
- Reducing screen time
WHAT CAN I DO TO GET STARTED?
Getting started shouldn’t feel overwhelming. Start with something manageable and small. Take a kid for a hike, or bowling. Add one healthy vegetable to lunch each day. Volunteer for committees to help create safe parks and playgrounds. Ask your school to provide 30 minutes of physical activity each day for kids while at school or to build a school garden to teach kids about fresh fruits and vegetables. Buy and serve healthy meals for you and your family. Go for a walk. Don’t worry about getting it perfect; just taking action is the most important part.
TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS.
Family Centered Well-Being Coaching with Registered Dietitians
Healthways well-being coaches are trained to support family-centered coaching by tailoring each session to focus on helping family members achieve a healthy weight, address picky eating, planning healthy dinners and more. Learn how you and your family can increase activity, eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce sedentary time (and how to make it fun for kids). If appropriate, your coach can refer you to a Healthways Registered Dietitian.
To enroll in well-being coaching, call Healthways at 888-616-6411.
TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR KIDS.
Health in Motion online resource tool
Be Well SHBP offers an online interactive tool designed for children ages 10 through 18 (generally grades 6-12), which focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors that are known to prevent obesity. The program is designed to help youth adopt three specific behaviors: 1) increasing physical activity, 2) eating more fruits and vegetables, and 3) reducing screen time. It is a great way to reinforce what you are learning on your coaching calls.
Download the Health In Motion Brochure
Brochure includes a FAQ section and step-by-step enrollment guide.
FAMILY WELLNESS GUIDE
Health In Motion also provides a family well-being guide to accompany the online program. This short guide, available as a PDF, offers parents:
- Information on critical behaviors for promoting energy balance and preventing obesity among children, including physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and limited screen time.
- Guidance on assessing how ready their child is to meet national guidelines for these behaviors.
- Tips for encouraging healthy lifestyles at home.
Use the guide in connection with the online Health In Motion tool or just by itself.
TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS.
Schools play a critical role in a child’s health. By focusing on healthy foods and physical activity in schools we are helping to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and provide children a strong foundation for health and learning. Here are a few ideas to help you and your school get started.
Walking School Bus: A Walking School Bus is a group of students who walk to school accompanied by one or more adults. Starting a Walking School Bus is fairly simple and involves contacting interested students, locating a route, identifying adult supervisors and finalizing the logistics.
School Garden: School garden programs offer multiple opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills regarding food systems and to realize the connections between food and environment, to promote healthy eating.
Physical Activity for all Students: Adopt and enforce a policy that requires 30 minutes of physical activity per day in elementary schools and 45 minutes of physical activity per day in middle and high schools.
Update Your School Wellness Policy – Make sure your school wellness policy is working to make the healthy choice, the easy choice in your school environment. Get involved.