August 2016: Back to School
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August 2016: Back to School                               Vol. 6, No. 2
Dear HealthStart Supporter, 

The start of the new school year is upon us. While most kids and parent’s thoughts turn to books, new clothes, and what the kids’ teachers will be like, mine turn to cafeteria food, PE, and preschool education.

All three of these will impact on our children well beyond a child’s school years. Yet, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), says Texas’ funding for pre-k declined almost 18% between 2002 and 2015.
 
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires elementary students to spend 135 minutes (45 minutes 3x/per week), in physical education classes, but kids only have to be physically active for half of that time. One study of schools in a large Texas county found students spent less than four minutes in vigorous activity.
 
In recent years the federal government has tried to improve school nutrition standards, but just because the food served got better for you, does not mean kids are going to eat it. According to one school nutrition expert if we want kids to eat the nutritious food served “We need to improve our nutrition education and tell them why they should have it.” That’s where HealthStart comes in.
 
We build a foundation for wellbeing through early health education that gives kids “the why” of good nutrition and fitness habits. Want to help? Email us for volunteer and other opportunities at erin.damm@healthstartfoundaiton.org

Yours,
Robin Herskowitz
Founder

Run To Transform Yourself and Your Community

This Month Guest Blogger Sarah Nielsen shares her story of how she found running.  Take it from Sarah:

"Running is such an amazing opportunity to represent and dedicate to yourself and your community. Everyone can walk or run to benefit themselves and their favorite nonprofit or charity."


Be sure to check out Sarah's post at Start Smart with HealthStart where she offers up an 8-week - 5K training plan. For more information about running for Team HealthStart in the Austin Marathon on February 19, 2017, please message Erin Damm

Congrats Graduates!

This summer 10 kids aged 5 to 10 completed HealthStart's
"Meet Your Body" program through CommUnityCare
, a local system of health care clinics. While their parents learned how to prevent or manage diabetes, HealthStart taught the children about how their bodies work, the foods each body system needs for good health, the importance of being active, and life skill lessons that included taking care of each other's feelings. Together these educational programs ensure the whole family will enjoy good health. If you see any of these kiddos in the community, congratulate them on being a Healthy HealthStart Kid!
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