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"Stepping Into Health" encourages good habits BY JUDY HIBBS CIMC'S "Stepping Into Health" Program is also "stepping up" efforts to educate and encour- age students at Avalon School about healthy nutrition and physi- cal activity. Tracy Matthews, RN, ND, Nurse Care Manager, Rhonda Kalish, Community Outreach Coordinator and Connie Friel, Volunteer Chair of the "Stepping Into Health" Advisory Committee are developing a pediatric care component for youngsters and their families. Improved health, fitness and a balanced lifestyle are the priori- ties and goals. The Stepping into Health team aims to decrease the overwhelming concern of chronic health conditions related to poor nutrition and decreased activity levels in school-aged children. On Nov. 21, the Stepping into Health team put on a school assem- bly as part of National Diabetes Awareness Month, which gave the team and school administrators the opportunity to talk about the disease (type 2 diabetes in partic- ular) which is becoming a national problem among sedentary over- weight kids. Students were given a survey to take home for parents to fill out regarding the family's eating habits. :::: The results: whentabutatedwill form a baseline assessment from which goals can be measured and improvements can be document- ed. "Harvest of the Month" a state of California program for school children sends the school a monthly sample of fresh fruits and vegetables for students to taste and enjoy. The opportunity for kids to try new healthy foods for free appeals to administrators and teachers. In November the "samples" were sliced pears --- vacuum packed and ready to eat. In December kids tried broccoli. Rachel Martin' is the Avalon kindergar- ten teacher who has been coordi- nating "Harvest of the Month" for several years now. The "Stepping into Health" team and volunteers plan to assist teachers with implementing read- ily available curriculum for all elementary students in 2014. Kids are already asking for these new fruits and vegetables at Von's which is exciting for parents and advocates. Michelle Bray with the help of Sarah Perez and other volunteers on the School Garden Committee will try to raise money for another important component to partner with "Stepping Into Health" and "Harvest of the Month" ---- a school garden. New fencing and other improvements are needed for the space to be ready for spring planting. Physical activity is important to overall health so Dr. Matthews SINGING WATERS SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATAUNA AVE Students are joined by their teacher as they listen to speakers in an Avalon School assembly. Courtesy photo helped Erica Minuto, the ele- mentary PE teacher to organize and supervise a "Turkey Trot" on November 26 which kept kids "moving" for 20 minutes (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) and for 30 minutes (grades 3-5). Similar fun runs and outdoor rec- reation opportunities are on the horizon. One proposal that the Stepping into Health team is calling "Walk to School Wednesdays" is also in the planning stages. "Kids real- ly should walk to school every- day when possible", Matthews explained -but" lyarents,and vol- unteers are still needed to help monitor crosswalks and intersec- tions along the route before the program is endorsed. Free resources are available for any students or families who want help in choosing a healthier lifestyle. Nutritional guidance can be found on websites such as "". Plain talk based on USDA recommendations and guidelines tell the amount of servings from each food group. Sample menus and recipes are also provided and will outline what anyone needs for a healthy eating plan. Parents can also meet with -Matthews -on an individual- basis for assistance arid personal care management. "Stepping into Health" plans to continue to offer motivational and educational resources and tools as part of its two-year mis- sion to assist Avalon residents with achieving and maintaining a healthier happier lifestyle. For more information on Stepping into Health for adults or children please call CIMC's Medical Group Office (310) 510- 0096 or email rkalish @ cimedical- Gorgeous Views! For sale: multi-family residence, almost 3,800 sq. ft. of living space. One 3-bedrooms/2-baths and one 1- bedroonYl-bath unit. Bonus rooms. Call for showing appointment and details. ~$62 2304896 ~ ~ A ~T T MARITIME INSTITLFI Become a Licensed Captain Annual Catalina Island Course January 20 - 31, 2014 / Become Qualified to Take Passengers for Hire / Improve Your Navigation and Safety Skills / Enjoy Spectacular Catalina While You Learn / U.S. Coast Guard Approved Curriculum ... Serving Mariners on Catalina Island Since 2001! Call Today 888-262-8020 .d THURSDAY ATHERING 7PM THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, January 10, 201416