HSJA Presents Health Challenges to Students

HSJA Presents Health Challenges to Students
Posted on 10/23/2018
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Hot Springs Junior Academy (HSJA) students have been encouraged to choose amid three 30-day health challenges that lead to a lifetime of healthy habits and sharp minds. HSJA Nurse Miki Smith is holding their feet to the fire on healthy initiatives through the provision of challenges and resources from Healthy Active Arkansas, a state-funded initiative comprised of representation from the public and private sector including government agencies, healthcare providers, and community organizations.

Students have been encouraged to choose one or more of the following health challenges:

- Soda Free Challenge (see page 20, here)

Challenges students and staff to take a pledge to avoid drinking any sodas for 30 days; furthermore - provides exercises and examples to illustrate the high sugar content in sodas.

- Soda Tracker Challenge (see page 32, here)

If students/staff don’t want to give up sodas completely, they may choose to simply track soda consumption -in hopes of cutting back significantly due to high sugar content

- 30 Day Water Challenge and Tracking Log (see page 20, here)

Challenges students and staff to drink eight 8-ounce servings of beverages with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or alcohol for the next 30 days

Mrs. Smith challenges teachers to get involved, too. “Involvement from teachers, advisors, mentors, parents, and other influences in the lives of our students can be key to improving healthy habits,” she says. “I encourage teachers and advisors to complete challenges and post them in classrooms. We instill healthy habits in our kids by setting the example and living by it every day.”

Thanks to a donation of pedometers by the Arkansas Heart Hospital Mrs. Smith will begin an HSJA Step Challenge for staff in the coming weeks. A step challenge - much like the Soda and Water Challenge - encourages staff to take as many steps each day as possible, and to track activity through the use of a pedometer.

30-day health challenges will continue to be presented to HSJA students throughout the school year. Resources and information are shared with students during Advisory periods. Families can get involved, too. Find resources in a tool kit from Healthy Active Arkansas, here. The MyFitnessPal app is also a free, easy tool to help families stay educated about personal health through their phones. Arkansas Children’s Hospital recommends the app that customizes health recommendations - including details like daily caloric intake - to individual needs. Learn more about the MyFitnessPal app, here.

The goal of Healthy Active Arkansas is to work with individuals, families, communities, worksites, organizations, and local and state governments to create a culture that encourages healthy eating and physical activity for all Arkansans. Learn more, here.

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