Leap into a healthier lifestyle with We Can!. Catch up on the latest news, energize yourself with tips on how to stay active and eat healthy this winter, and get inspired by other sites across the country and their We Can! programs.
A new approach for 2012—building success together! We have assigned a member of our community site assistance team to every site across the country—including yours! Our goal is to help every site sustain, or grow, a successful We Can! program. Whether you need help with getting started, training your staff or volunteers, or just brainstorming some fresh ideas, your regional liaison is just an e-mail or phone call away. To find the name of your liaison, just locate your region below:
West: Lauren Littleton,
Northeast: Lauren Littleton,
Midwest: Shannon Walsh,
South: Mara Leff,
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently offered a competitive assistance program to registered We Can! community sites, providing up to $10,000 per award. These awards are designed to help sites begin or continue to implement We Can!'s parent and youth curricula, and promote the program's health messages: improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time.
We are pleased to congratulate the following groups that received a 2012 We Can! Community Site Assistance Award:
- 6KidsNFit (FL)
- Alice Hyde Medical
- Annette Island Service
- Gary Comer College
- Cobb & Douglas Public
- Colorado Black Health Collaborative (CO)
- Knoxville Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity (TN)
- Enemy Swim Day School (SD)
- Feeding South Florida (FL)
- Fit Kids Playground (FL)
- Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project (LA)
- Indian River County Health Department (FL)
- Inlet View Elementary
- Mercy Medical Center (IA)
- St. James-Santee Family Health Center, Inc. (SC)
- United Health Services (NY)
- Westside Health Authority (IL)
We look forward to seeing and sharing all the great work these communities will be doing in the coming months!
Whether you are a new site or just looking for some creative inspiration from what fellow sites are doing around the country, read about some of the great things happening with We Can! all over the map:
We Can! keeps on growing! We are starting off 2012 with more than 1,700 registered community sites, and the number increases every week. We have seen a surge of new community sites in the Northeast region, particularly in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. We are happy to welcome all the new community sites and we hope you are beginning your We Can! programming in the next few months. Your regional liaison will be reaching out to you soon, if you haven't heard from them already. Can't wait to get started? By all means, feel free to contact your regional liaison (refer to list above) at any time—we are always here to help!
- Don't let small size of Winnsboro, South Carolina fool you—this General site is running We Can! programming that keeps parents and youth coming back for more!
- One of We Can!'s Founding Intensive Community Sites is still "nifty" after seven years of programming!
Did you know...We have three types of community sites:
Is your community site implementing We Can! programs in unique ways? Did you host a We Can! event that had a great turnout? Is there a unique aspect of your programming that you're particularly proud of? If so, let us know! Contact your regional liaison for the opportunity to have your site featured in our next eNewsletter.
If you are a General site and would like to find out how to become an Intensive or City/County site, contact your regional liaison for some guidance and tips about how to bump up your activity level in the We Can! program. In 2012, we want to help sites become more engaged and active in We Can!—let us tell you how!
- General - These sites implement 1 parent program, youth program or community outreach event per year.
- Intensive - These sites implement 3 youth programs, 3 parent programs, and 3 community outreach events per year.
- City/County - These sites implement 4 youth programs, 4 parent programs, and 4 community events each year.
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During the winter months, many people find it difficult to get the recommended amount of physical activity and fresh fruits and vegetables, but we want to help. Share these We Can! tips with parents in your community to help families stay physically active and improve food choices this winter!
Tip #1:Go Green for
St. Patrick's Day. With
St. Patrick's Day around the corner, take advantage of this "green" holiday and prepare a fun and healthy family dinner that focuses on the color! Try incorporating spinach, broccoli, and cabbage into your meals that day. Look for new healthy recipes to try that use these and other healthy "greens" in the Keep the Beat™/We Can!® Deliciously Healthy Family Meals cookbook. You'll have new, yummy, and healthy ways to celebrate St. Patty's Day!
Tip #2:Get involved in the Madness! March Madness that is! March is a great time to cheer on your favorite basketball team, but it can be even more fun if you head to your local community center, neighborhood, or school playground and organize an indoor or outdoor basketball game with your family. Who will win the championship in your house?
Tip #3:Turn off that screen! We know winter's frost is not quite over in many areas of the country, but you can still spend quality time with your family indoors by letting them help you prepare for dinner. Children may be more inclined to try/eat new foods if they are involved in the preparation. So, let your little one(s), scrub and rinse fruits and vegetables, tear lettuce, mix ingredients, and set the table.