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Change starts with YOU. Here are additional ways for you to take immediate action:

Are you a Parent?

  • While breastfeeding is nature’s way of providing ideal nutrition for infants, the “art” of breast-feeding might not come as naturally. Here are some tips to starting your breastfeeding journey out right.
  • Do a health assessment on your family, including calculating their BMI with this easy online calculator. This website also includes information about measuring waist circumference and estimated daily calorie intake based on an individual’s age, gender, and activity level.
  • Kidshealth.org – health and fitness information for parents including healthy eating and recipes, staying fit and exercise safety, and weight and eating problems.
  • Sit down with your family once a week to plan a healthy menu. Engaging kids in the planning process will get them more excited to try the dishes they chose. Let’s Move has some great tips on how to plan a healthy meal.

Are you a Student?

Are you an Educator or Child Care Provider?

  • KidsHealth in the Classroom – offers educators free health-related lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. Each Teacher’s Guide includes discussion questions, activities, and reproducible handouts and quizzes – all aligned to national health education standards.
  • Wednesday WOWS (Wonderful Opportunities with Schools) – a free e-newsletter that offers quick, simple ideas for healthy eating and physical activity actions in the school day.
  • Green Fitness – a fun and educational way to be more active AND save the planet, using recyclable materials like milk jugs, paper towel tubes, and water bottles as physical activity equipment.

Are you a Health Advocate?

  • Help spread the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message to your place of employment, local schools or organizations that you’re involved with. Start by downloading the colorful and easy-to-understand posters from the toolkit.
  • Download this pedometer log (pdf format) (word format) and start keeping track of your steps every day. Share the log with your family, friends and co-workers to encourage they track their physical fitness as well.
  • Get involved with Partners for a Healthy City and you’ll join hundreds of local organizations who are also working to increase the quality of life for everyone in Douglas County.
  • Encourage policy change in the workplace, organization, school and community. (Spanish version)
  • Engage school staff and parents in school wellness using this ready-to-go Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit.