July 2016: Can Our Kids Fix the Future?
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JULY 2016: Can Our Kids Fix the Future?           Vol. 6, No. 1
Dear HealthStart Supporter,, 

Violence in our state and country is a public health crisis, one that is literally threatening the health of our communities. This crisis requires a comprehensive, strategic response. At HealthStart we believe the answer to this crisis lies in educating the next generation.
 
Since 2010 HealthStart has been building a foundation for well-being by teaching the youngest among us why it’s important to nourish their bodies, the role physical fitness plays in good health, and that an important part of being healthy is how we treat one another and take care of our environment. This means not only taking care of our physical health, but respecting and caring for one another and our communities.
 
Beyond typical health education topics HealthStart’s Health Education For Youngsters! curriculum includes social and emotional themes like our “Words That Pollute” lesson from our “Meet Your Brain” Unit. This lesson explains that words can be tools or weapons. 
 
Often when words are used as weapons, violence follows.  HealthStart’s quest for a healthier future for all through early science-based, health education has never been more important than it is today.  If we are to have a just, peaceful, and productive future we must teach our children the responsibility and role they have in their own health and that of their communities.  
 
Yours,
Robin Herskowitz
Founder
HealthStart in the Community
This summer HealthStart is partnering with CommUnityCare, a nonprofit providing health services for more than 88,000 low-income Central Texans. HealthStart is holding children's workshops based on our Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!) Curriculum while the children's parents attend a CommUnityCare Diabetes Prevention Education Course. While the parents learn how to prevent or manage diabetes, HealthStart is teaching their children about how to their bodies work, the foods each body system needs for good health, the importance of being active, and life lessons like how to say “no, thank you.”  Together these educational programs ensure the whole family will enjoy good health.

Growing Health Starts with the Family Garden
Did you know that you can grow food in nearly any home? Even petite patios will support food production in the summertime in Texas. Children love to watch the development of plants and their fruits as they grow new leaves, develop blossoms, attract bees and butterflies for fertilization, and then turn into delicious, homegrown vegetables. They can help pick out the containers, fill them with potting soil, and plant seeds or transplant baby vegetable plants. Gardening is a family endeavor!


See the Full Article from Guest Blogger Sarah Nielsen at our Start Smart with HealthStart Blog.

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