hopes you had a healthy and active summer.
We Can! has been busy during the
summer months planning exciting events and developing new
resources that promote good nutrition and physical activity
for youth and families.
Read on to learn
more about these exciting activities that the community sites
and partners are doing this fall. Also included in this
newsletter are helpful energy balance tips for the season.
Earlier this year,
We Can! hosted two regional
trainings that created a lot of momentum; nearly 100 new
We Can! sites signed up in the weeks
after the trainings. Now We Can! is
getting ready to host two more trainings in the coming weeks:
- Carson City, Nevada (10/29–30)
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (11/5–6)
Both of these trainings
are open to the public and have a no-fee registration. Register for these events today.
In addition to the
regional trainings, We Can! has
other events coming up in the next couple months. See the full
calendar of events.
on feedback from a number of our Parent Program facilitators,
We Can! has created a new version of
the Parent Program.
Now, in addition to the
6-lesson program, you have the option of
4-lesson program and
companion piece for participants.
You can download the
PDF-versions from the We
Can! Web site, and the print versions will be
available later this year.
Another new resource for
We Can! community sites is technical
assistance conference calls. Starting in November 2007,
community sites will have the chance to engage in discussions
on topics like the new Parent Program materials, culturally
specific tips for implementation, and nutrition
If you would like to learn
more about these calls or suggest a specific topic of
interest, please send an email to email@example.com.
Can! has grown tremendously since it launched in
June 2005. Nearly 400 community sites have joined the
We Can! movement. These sites work
on the state, county, and city levels to provide
We Can! activities and programs to
children, parents, and families across the
An example of statewide
outreach is Anita Courtney’s work in Kentucky. Ms. Courtney
facilitates the We Can! Parent
Program and uses a train-the-trainer model to get other
We Can! leaders up to speed.
Read more about Ms. Courtney’s work to learn
ways you can make a difference through We
We Can! is proud to
announce its very first
Armstrong, PA, and the HEALTHY Armstrong (Healthy
Eating, Active Lifestyles—Together Helping Youth) coalition
recently launched their wellness program in county schools. Read more about the county and its exciting
Since becoming a
We Can! City, Gary, IN, has been
leveraging its efforts to have an impact on the state level,
including working with the Governor of Indiana. Read more about the city of Gary’s
Can! is proud to be working with more than 30
national and corporate partners, including Host
Hotels, which has agreed to use We
Can! as a foundation for making new employees
aware of good nutrition and physical activity.
The Association of
Children’s Museums incorporated We
Can! materials and messages about healthy
lifestyles in its new Good to Grow! program Web site.
Can! and the Highmark
Foundation launched Healthy High 5 Health eTools for
Schools earlier this year.
Can! is also working with the
Association of Junior Leagues International
on AJLI’s childhood obesity and nutrition education
initiative, Kids in the Kitchen.
Read more about all of these partners’
We Can! activities.
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Can! community sites are working hard to
share We Can! messages and
materials with families.
Boston Steps is
collaborating with Boston Public Schools to support
hosting We Can! parent
The South Bend, IN,
We Can! community site has
been doing outreach work to mentor newer We
Can! sites in their area. Read
Can! is a new feature in our newsletter.
We Can! staff members answer
your questions about the We
work in our county health department and am interested
in bringing We Can! to our schools this
fall. Have other community sites done
Do you have a
question that you would like us to answer? Please send
it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may feature your
question in an upcoming newsletter.
Do you have a copy
of the new 2008 Keep The Beat
This colorful wall
calendar will help you make healthy choices for your
family in the upcoming year.
Updated for 2008, it
contains new tips, facts, and recipes, and space to
write down nutritional and physical activity each month.
Order your copy
Back to School Snacks
your kids to school with healthy snacks like raw
vegetables or dried fruit like apricots, raisins, or
pineapple; whole grain snacks like crackers, brown rice
cakes, or cereal bars; or "Ants on a Log" (celery with
peanut butter and raisins).
When kids come knocking, provide these
healthier treats that aren’t too tricky: cereal bars,
raisins, or other dried fruits; or non-food items like
stickers, pencils, or coins.
Physical Activity in Cold Weather
weather does not mean the end to being physically
active. When it gets cold, try these fun activities for
the whole family.
to your family’s favorite CD at home.
indoor physical activity programs in your
neighborhood—at churches, schools, or community centers.
up and take an invigorating family walk around the