Healthy kids are better learners. Led by schools and supported by the coalition, LiveWell Schools relies on local relationships to influence change in our school environments, as well as broader relationships with evidence-based initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of children and families.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a catalyst for children’s health that creates environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice for all kids. Their Healthy Schools Program empowers schools to create goals around best practices that promote healthy and thriving school environments. This partnership allows LiveWell to leverage a platform, process, expertise, and resources that serve as a foundation for our school-led support and technical assistance.
CATCH is a framework for creating and maintaining a healthy school environment; promoting healthy eating and active living by coordinating efforts between the cafeteria, classroom, PE, and families. The goal of CATCH is to be a school where everyone is working together and speaking a common language that supports a healthy environment.
LiveWell Early Childhood
Early childhood, the years from birth to age five, are a critical window for the development of healthy behaviors that can have a lifelong impact on a child’s quality of life. As many children are in a childcare setting for several hours each day, early child care providers play a vital role in promoting healthy habits. Good nutrition and physical activity are essential to a young child’s growth and development.
The LiveWell Early Childhood workgroup recognizes the important role early child care providers play in influencing children’s healthy behaviors. The purpose of this workgroup is to connect early child care providers with resources and technical assistance to enable policy, systems and environmental changes that support healthy eating and physical activity.
Go NAP SACC is an online tool that child care centers use to create healthier environments related to healthy eating and active living. Child care providers choose goals for improvement and work to reach these goals. Local agencies will provide technical assistance resources and expertise to assist the child care program in reaching their goals. Child care programs focus on one or more of six areas, making improvements like those listed below:
Child Nutrition | Breastfeeding & Infant Feeding | Infant & Child Physical Activity | Outdoor Play & Learning | Oral Health | Screen Time
LiveWell Catawba is collaborating with local faith communities on improving the health of their congregations and communities. We do this by supporting congregations in creating and sustaining impactful health and wellness ministries.
Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith. The program includes a 9-week curriculum and resources to create and sustain a health ministry within the faith community.
The Faithful Families curriculum is co-taught by coalition staff and trained lay leaders from faith communities in small group sessions. Lay Leaders bring the spiritual elements into each session, through discussion questions and “Thinking it Through” prompts in each lesson. LiveWell continues to support the congregation beyond the curriculum by providing support in developing long-term health ministries.
Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global initiative launched in 2007 by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine to encourage providers to screen patients for physical activity behaviors, prescribe activity to patients, and refer to community-based resources.
EIM encourages physical activity by creating a dialogue between people and their healthcare providers about the importance of being physically active. Healthcare providers participating in EIM write prescriptions for increased amounts of weekly physical activity and refer people to a member of the EIM Referral Network based on their needs and preferences. EIM Referral Network members are community-based exercise providers and locations, including parks and gyms.
EIM aims to improve the health of Catawba County residents by preventing and reducing the effects of chronic disease through physical activity. Our goals are to:
- Increase physical activity, with ultimate goal of 150 minutes per week
- Improve health and functioning through weight loss and chronic disease management
- Reduce healthcare costs through disease prevention and management