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USDA Highlights "Smart Snacks in School"

July 17, 2013

The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for our kids and echo the good work already taking place in schools across the country. The new standards preserve flexibility for time-honored traditions like fundraisers . . . read more

Where does your county rank?

The County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states. . . . read more

Governor's Conference on Obesity in Kansas

The purpose of the Governor’s Summit on Obesity is to engage decision-makers throughout Kansas in identifying and promoting best and promising strategies to address rising rates of obesity and its consequences. Click here for more . . . read more

Back-to-School Health Checklist

Shuffling your child back to school these days takes more than a new wardrobe and a shiny apple. What about the dizzying array of immunizations? Hearing and vision tests? Special instructions for the school nurse? And tips for buying and . . . read more

MyPlate Replaces the Food Pyramid

Summer break is over and school is back in session. In early June, the First Lady, Secretary Vilsack, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced the new food icon, MyPlate that replaces MyPyramid. MyPlate gives us a visual reminder to fill . . . read more

Get Moving America: May is Fitness Month

Since 1983, May has been observed as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Individuals and organizations everywhere have joined in the fun to promote awareness of the value of physical activity in the pursuit of happier, healthier, more . . . read more

National Garden Month

Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, . . . read more

National Nutrition Month

Splash some color on your plate! It's National Nutrition Month and the theme is "Eat Right with Color." This month the American Dietetic Association wants you to make healthy choices by incorporating a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, . . . read more

Raise Your Fitness Level, One Step at a Time!

Choose to take the stairs! Here are several different signs to post around your school or business encouraging people to take the stairs to increase their physical activity every day! Stair Prompt Signage read more

Taking Care of Your Teeth

Dentists say that the most important part of tooth care happens at home. Brushing and flossing properly, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you're like most people, you don't exactly look . . . read more

Simple Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Nutrition

January 6, 2011

A well balanced diet, combined with regular physical activity, can help keep your body strong and healthy. It can also help prevent the development of many serious diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Fortunately, you . . . read more

December is Safe Toys and Gift Month

Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child's development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments . . . read more

An Apple A Day Is Not Enough

November 9, 2010

1 in 5 youth is now considered obese . And because everyone has a stake in the health of our children, we are all responsible for making a change. Watch This Video: “ An Apple a Day Is Not Enough ” is a powerful poem written and . . . read more

November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

New ways to think about an old friend...

November 7, 2010

Can you remember sitting at that long table in your elementary-school cafeteria, anxious to whip out your very own PB&J (un-squished) from your Smurfs lunchbox? One of the most comforting, popular snack items around — peanut butter has . . . read more

Walk to School Month

October 6, 2010

Each October, millions of children, parents, teachers and community leaders across the globe walk to school to celebrate an International Walk to School Day. For the first time, communities can choose to celebrate for a day, a week, once a . . . read more

Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month

September 16, 2010

Eating fruits and vegetables is important all year long, but September is the time to shine a spotlight on fruits and vegetables. This year the focus is on taking a pledge to eat more fruits and veggies and is in partnership with the Let’s . . . read more

National Immunization Month

August 17, 2010

August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly. August is the perfect time to remind family, friends, . . . read more

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

June 11, 2010

A growing body of research proves that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. In fact, fruits and vegetables should be the foundation of a healthy diet. Most people need to double the amount of fruits and vegetables they . . . read more

May is National Bike Month

May 6, 2010

May is National Bike Month and holds many opportunities to promote bicycle use and safety. Coordinated by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month will be celebrated with various activities around the nation, including . . . read more

April is National Gardening Month

by Lisa Schossow | April 6, 2010

For decades we have documented the academic, social, and health benefits realized by gardening youth, as reported by educators. Collectively these experiences indicate that a well-designed school garden program, closely aligned with learning . . . read more

March is National Nutrition Month

March 11, 2010

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound . . . read more

County Health Ratings in Kansas

February 19, 2010

On February 17, 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Public Health Institute released 50 state reports that rank counties within each state on overall health outcomes, as well as on factors influencing . . . read more

National Children's Dental Health Month

February 3, 2010

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across . . . read more

Dole Banana Diet

January 5, 2010

Decades of nutrition research validate the idea that increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables in general and bananas in particular, can help support healthy, sustainable weight loss. For example: BANANAS & RESISTANT STARCH . . . read more

January is National Oatmeal Month

by Lisa Schossow | January 5, 2010

Start the New Year with a celebration of America's most beloved 100% whole grain, natural rolled oats.  Why?  Because January is Oatmeal Month!  The month when we buy - and eat - the most oatmeal. Warm up a chilly . . . read more

Choosing Safe Toys

December 11, 2009

Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child's development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency . . . read more

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

December 4, 2009

Every day, 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This December, during National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D . . . read more

Walk to School in October

Walking to school promotes health, physical activity, concern for the environment and safe and walkable communities. This year, join schools around the world as they celebrate walking during the month of October. Communities are encouraged . . . read more

September is Better Breakfast Month

Enjoy Breakfast -- A Healthy Start

September 1, 2009

The Importance of Breakfast... Less likely to indulge in high calorie foods throughout the day Academic performance is increased Eating breakfast helps to decrease overall fat intake throughout the day Breakfast . . . read more

August is National Catfish Month

August 1, 2009

The month of August was designated as National Catfish Month by Congress in the late 1980s to highlight contributions the U.S. catfish industry makes to the economy, while providing consumers with a healthy, safe and great-tasting product. . . . read more

July is National Baked Bean Month

July 3, 2009

If you're like most Americans, you're probably celebrating this summer with a side of baked beans. In fact, Americans consume 50 million pounds of baked beans during the month of July, which is enough to build a trail of baked beans cans . . . read more

June is National Dairy Month

June 2, 2009

NEW STUDY FINDS TEENS WITH HIGHER DAIRY INTAKE HAVE LOWER BODY FAT Three Servings of Dairy Each Day a Core Part of Healthy Diet Rosemont, Ill – February 6, 2009 – A new study released in the December 2008 Journal of American . . . read more

May is National Salad Month

May 2, 2009

May is National Salad Month, but by no means is this a sign that you should simply stop at the grocery and pick up a chef's salad! A salad can be complete meal in and of itself, and you'll find with a little bit of research and an . . . read more

Stop and Go Fast Food Restaurant Guide

May 2, 2009

With the busy summer season fast approaching, many families will feel like they are never home and on the run all the time. Therefore, forcing many families to eat out more often. From drinks to food the Stop and Go Fast Food Restaurant . . . read more

April is National Youth Sports Safety Month

April 3, 2009

Spring has arrived! And as the weather becomes nicer, individuals are spending more time outdoors enjoying a variety of outdoor activities and sports especially our youth. And although being active is healthy for the mind, body and soul . . . read more

Tips on How to Eat Healthy on the Run

by Lisa Schossow | April 3, 2009

You probably eat out a lot - most Americans do. People are looking for fast, easy and good tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it's carry out, food court, office cafeteria or sit down restaurant, there are smart choices . . . read more

March is National Nutrition Month

March 5, 2009

It is appropriate and fitting that March is National Nutrition Month, since it is in between winter and spring. Winter holiday gatherings have past and have left many of us with cherished memories and frequently unwanted weight gain! . . . read more

Tips on How to Properly Read Food Labels

March 5, 2009

When you go grocery shopping, take time to read the nutrition labels on your purchases. Compare nutrients and calories in one food to those in another. The information may surprise you. You want to make sure that you aren't bringing home . . . read more

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

February 11, 2009

Keeping a healthy smile starts with your child's first tooth. February is National Children's Dental Health Month -- a good time to make sure your kids have regular checkups and are brushing two to three times a day. The American Dental . . . read more

The Benefits of Chewing Gum

February 11, 2009

Chewing gum was named the number one snack choice by Americans in 2005. Most consumers know that chewing sugarfree gum can help prevent tooth decay and freshen breath. Now, new research is indicating that chewing gum may be used as a tool . . . read more

Get Up and Move

Tips on how to include physical activity in your daily life.

January 8, 2009

At Home It's convenient, comfortable and safe to work out at home. It allows your children to see you being active, which sets a good example for them. You can combine exercise with other activities, such as watching TV. If you buy . . . read more

January is National Oatmeal Month

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? That's because more oatmeal is consumed during January than any other month of the year.

January 7, 2009

Oats and other whole-grain foods are an essential part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, many of us fail to get the recommended number of servings of fiber-rich foods each day. Considering the potential health benefits from eating oats, . . . read more

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

December 2, 2008

The holiday season is the time when most of the toys and games are purchased. Here are some tips from the National Safe Kids Campaign for buying safe toys for children: When selecting toys, consider the child’s age, interests and . . . read more

Keep Your Holiday Portions in Check

November 13, 2008

'Tis the belt-loosening season — that time of year when holiday get togethers are more abundant than Diddy's bling. But if you don't watch your mouth while attending holiday get togethers, you can consume hundreds of additional . . . read more

Healthy Halloween Recipes

October 2, 2008

Whether you are hosting a fall party in your classroom or looking for healthy Halloween snack ideas, below are some healthy recipe ideas to replace all the candy. Bug Juice Cheesy Corns Creepy Peepers Edible . . . read more

Check out the NEW Greenbush Healthy Living blogsite

August 6, 2008

Good nutrition and physical activity are the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle! The new Greenbush Healthy Living blogsite gives information and tips for both adults and youth on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. . . . read more

June is National Dairy Month

May 31, 2008

Consuming 3-A-Day of Dairy - 3 daily servings of milk, cheese, or yogurt - is an easy way for families to get a powerful punch of nutrients to help build stronger bones, healthy bodies, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. In addition, a . . . read more

May is National Salad Month

May 7, 2008

Flowers are in bloom, warm temperatures are around the corner and nothing quite feels more like summer than a cool, refreshing salad with a variety of in-season fruits and vegetables. May is National Salad Month, and with soyfoods, . . . read more

April is National Fresh Celery Month!

April 1, 2008

Celery, a household staple to some, an appetizer or snack to others, either way, this beloved vegetable has made its way into millions of households over the years. Celery has its roots in sixteenth century northern European history. . . . read more

March is National Noodle Month

March 8, 2008

A noodle is a thin strip of pasta, usually cut or extruded from some kind of dough. It is the basic unit in dishes like spaghetti, linguine, etc. The word noodle derives from Latin nodus (knot), via German Nudel (noodle, pasta). The . . . read more

Nestle Pure Life Go Play Rewards

Helps Schools Keep Kids Active

March 8, 2008

By getting your community involved and collecting Nestle Pure Life water bottle labels, your school district can earn money to keep your students active. Each label counts as points towards purchasing  fitness and sports gear for your . . . read more

Taking Care of Your Teeth

February 23, 2008

When you get your picture taken, everyone says, "Say cheese! Smile!" So you do - you open your mouth and show your teeth. When you see the picture, you see a happy person looking back at you. The healthier those teeth are, the happier you . . . read more

Healthy Snack for Valentines Day

February 13, 2008

Move over, Cupid. These edible valentines will win the heart of everyone in the family. They're also sure to be a hit as a classroom snack. All you need is watermelon, heart shaped cookie cutter, oranges slices, and bamboo . . . read more

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Creating Oral Health Awareness

February 5, 2008

Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps . . . read more


Free health, fitness, and nutrition website for teens!

January 22, 2008

There are countless things your teen can do on this site to reach his or her health, fitness and nutrition goals, including: * Use our Nutrition Calculator to learn about proper nutrition for growth and development * Follow a workout . . . read more

December is Safe Toy and Gifts Month

Toy Safety a Major Cause of Concern for Parents and Gift-Givers This Year

December 18, 2007

CHICAGO (Nov. 27, 2007) – With the recent focus on toy safety and the holiday shopping season already in full swing, parents need to be aware of what they can do to make sure the gifts their children receive this year will not require a . . . read more

December 2-8, 2007

National Hand Washing Awareness Week

December 4, 2007

How To Wash Your Hands Properly: Use soap and warm, running water Rub your hands vigorously for 20 seconds  Wash all surfaces, including: backs of hands wrists between fingers tips of fingers . . . read more

Keeping Portions Under Control


November 27, 2007

Bagels as big as frisbees. Muffins the size of flower pots. Bowls of pasta so deep, your fork can barely find the bottom. It's not surprising that waistlines of kids and adults have been expanding over the last few decades. Part of the . . . read more

October is National Apple Month

October 2, 2007

There are many more types of apples than you might guess. There's more than 7,000 varieties grown in the world, and about 2,500 in the United States. Did you know that 90% of apples grown in the United States, come from only 16 varieties . . . read more

Fruit and Vegetable of the Month

September 26, 2007

Cranberry Timeline Cranberry Vocabulary Cranberry Language Arts Lesson Cranberry Coloring Page Cranberry Word Search Cranberry Matching Exercise Sweet Potato Bookmarks Sweet Potato . . . read more

Riverton Summer School students visit Greenbush for Healthy Kids Summer Camp

August 2, 2007

Twenty-four Middle School students from Riverton summer school visited Greenbush Monday, July 20 participating in Sportsology: 101 Healthy Kids Summer Camp. The day was kicked off with discussing the food pyramid along with how important . . . read more

Camp Pictures

June 22, 2007

Taste Around the World was the first Healthy Kids Summer Camp at Greenbush. This second through third grade camp was held on June 14 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Check out the photos below to see how much fun the participants had tasting fruits . . . read more

Healthy Recipes

May 16, 2007

Teeny Turkeys Apple Bites Wiggly Fruit Squares Fruit Salad Trail Mix Sandwich Kabobs Campfire Veggies Strawberry Mice Very Berry Banana Smoothie Spider Pretzels . . . read more

Healthy Tips

Small changes add up to a BIG difference

May 16, 2007

Sure, parking in the back row of the parking lot for a little extra walking may not seem like much. And eating on smaller plates to help control the portions you take. That's the point. Find fun, tasty ways to incorporate . . . read more

Greenbush Healthy Kids Summer Camps 2008

May 8, 2007

Good nutrition and physical activity are the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle! Healthy Kids Summer Camp is one step toward increasing healthy choices for youth. Camps are for kids entering Pre Kindergarten through 3rd grade. . . . read more

Helping schools meet the new State Health Standards for Kansas

May 3, 2007

The Healthy Living Curriculum was revised in 2006 to align with the new State Health Standards for Kansas schools and the National Health Standards. The curriculum contains activities from each of the ten content areas of health: . . . read more

Become a member of the Healthy Living Consortium

Become a member for an annual fee of $250 and receive many services offered through the consortium that include: Grade level Healthy Living Curriculum Kindergarten through 12th grade Monthly Nutrition Newsletter Individual . . . read more

Healthy Halloween Recipe Ideas

Make This Year's Halloween Events Healthy!

October 19, 2007

Whether you're hosting a school Halloween classroom party or a special event for Halloween, you'll get great compliments from these creative healthy recipe ideas. Each recipe is ready to be printed and shared with others. Bug Juice . . . read more

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