Written by Sarah Martin
Ms. Martin is a past Wake County PTA Council President, state coordinator, Action for Healthy Kids-NC, an NCPTA board member and a member of AHA’s Executive Committee
For several years running, the National Parent Teacher Association has proclaimed the month of November to be Healthy Lifestyles Month, and has encouraged PTA members across the nation to use the month of November to focus on school wellness matters, including physical activity and nutrition matters as well as parental involvement in school wellness, to ensure that our students have an environment of wellness to support their learning.
National PTA offers many resources for parents and for local PTA units on their website, including Healthy Lifestyles promotional toolkits, parent guides, and posters (both English and Spanish) and the Health and Safety Activities Calendar which might be useful for your school.
We are fortunate in North Carolina to have an incredible statewide PTA network that support school wellness throughout the year. NCPTA hosts a range of events and activities, and features plenty of support materials.
Here in Wake County, we have LOTS of opportunities for you to get involved in celebrating wellness, whether it be at your school, with your PTA, out in the community, or even at home with your own family. Check out the AHA calendar of events and be sure to mark your calendar for the following events that will support healthy lifestyles for you, your family, and your school community.
Wake PTA Council 5th Annual Healthy Lifestyles 5K Run/Walk
Nov. 18, 3:30 pm, WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary
This event encourages runners, walkers, and volunteers from throughout the County to come together for our annual celebration. All registered participants earn participation credits for their schools, and the schools with the greatest level of credits will win healthy lifestyle grant funding from the Wake County PTA Council. We grant out 100% of the net proceeds from the race to schools across the County. For more details, visit www.pta5k.org.
Free Webinar: Parent Engagement in School Health & Twitter Chat
Nov. 14 and 15
Commit to becoming engaged in school wellness for the sake of your child and all of the children in your school. This doesn’t mean spending countless hours at school – it just means getting involved and knowing about school wellness, as well as advocating for wellness in your school environment. Learn more from this AHA article.
Internet Safety and Social Media—Free Workshop
Nov. 7, 7 pm, Martin Middle School
Do your kids have a lot of screen time at the computer? You’re going to want to hear this presentation! Join Wake PTA Council, the Martin Middle School PTA, and the Daniels Middle School PTA at a workshop that will help you understand what’s happening online with Facebook, Instagram and more. Workshop and RSVP details.
Holiday Calendar Planning
As we approach the busy holiday season, schedule time with your family for some fun physical activity throughout the holiday season. Make an appointment with your family to go explore a new park, trail, or greenway. If you put it on your calendar, you’re more likely to make it happen. Schedule the time now, before the holiday rush begins! You’ll thank yourself for doing this when you get into the holiday rush – take time to enjoy the season with some special outdoor time with your family.
Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge
Consider registering for the sixth annual Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge, which begins on Mon. Nov., 19, (the day AFTER the Wake PTA 5k!) and runs through December 31. For more details, as well as promotional materials that you could use with your school community, faith community, or even your work environment away from school, visit the ESMM web site.
Team Up for Healthy Learning
Feb. 9, McKimmon Center, Raleigh
During Healthy Lifestyles Month, save the date for this free event brought to you by NCPTA and NC Action for Healthy Kids. They will focus on how YOU can become involved in school wellness and make a difference in your school. It’s not just for PTA leaders – it’s for anyone with a heart for school wellness. Bring parents, bring teachers, bring school administrators, school nurses, and community members who want to make a difference in the lives of youth in your community. It’s free and open to all! We’ll focus on physical activity, nutrition, and what YOU can do to make your school a healthy place for all. Stay tuned for more details and registration information. Make the commitment to your children and you’ll reap the rewards for many years to come.