Celebrate American Heart Month!

Join the JHU Healthy Community Initiative on Saturday, February 23rd to learn about how your heart works and the best way to keep it healthy!

Date: Saturday, February 23rd

Location: Waverly Library

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

We will be serving a heart healthy brunch and leading all participants in a family yoga activity, followed by separate interactive workshops for adults and kids. There will be raffle prizes!

Please RSVP at JHUHCI@gmail.com

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

It’s simple to be healthy and still have a great Thanksgiving! To avoid the pounds but still have a fun holiday, follow these simple tips this Thanksgiving:

- Take a family walk early in the day and after Thanksgiving dinner. A walk is great for family bonding and burning off extra calories to prevent weight gain

- Watch portions! You can still indulge in all of your Thanksgiving favorites as long as you exercise moderation and consume smaller portions

- Eat breakfast- Have a small breakfast (such as an egg or a piece of toast) Thanksgiving morning to take the edge off your hunger so that you are less likely to overeat during dinner

- Eat slowly- Savor your food and focus on family and friends. You will be less likely to overeat and feel fuller on a plate of food

- Balance your plate! Have an even amount of whole grains, fruits and vegetables on your plate in addition to meat and other courses

Monday Nights Workshop a Success

Healthy Community Initiative hosted its second workshop of the school year last night at Waverly Elementary. Kids and parents alike participated in a Zumba demonstration, learned about the benefits of exercise and how to incorporate it into their daily routine, and made a healthy chicken salad sandwich!

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HCI member Yiwei leads a Zumba demonstration and HCI member Sue teaches adult workshop participants about the health benefits of exerciseImage

Upcoming Workshop!

Join the JHU Healthy Community Initiative on Monday, November 19th to learn about making exercise a fun and enjoyable part of your daily routine!

Getting Pumped About Exercise!

Date: Monday, November 19

Location: Waverly Elementary Parent Room

Time: 6:30-7:30

There will be separate interactive workshops for adults and kids. Dinner and raffle prizes will be provided!

Please RSVP at JHUHCI@gmail.com

First Workshop of the Year!

Healthy Community Initiative successfully completed it’s first workshops of the year at the Waverly Library. Workshop participants learned about building a balanced meal, portion control, healthy Thanksgiving diet tips, exercise, and more!

Kids workshop participants identify what food groups the different components of a healthy meal are a part of before making fruit and yogurt parfaits with HCI member Jen.

HCI member Julia leads kids in a game of freeze dance

Back to School Tips!

Welcome back to a new school year! As the school year picks up and workloads increase, you will undoubtedly be spending more time studying. Long hours of studying are mentally exhausting but can also lead to unhealthy snacking. To maintain a healthy mind and body, we’ve compiled a list of five smart snacks to keep you energized as you hit the books:

- Nuts: Try 15-20 (a large handful) of cashews, walnuts, peanuts, and almonds. Nuts are full of protein, naturally filling, and easy to take to your favorite study spot.

- Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds are packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals, and vitamin E.

- Veggies- Snacking on baby carrots, broccoli, sliced peppers, or any other of your favorite veggies are a great way to stock up on vitamins and minerals as well as fiber.

- Yogurt- Instead of reaching for the ice cream, try fat free yogurt or Greek yogurt. Yogurt is full of protein and a great source of calcium.

- Whole Grain Cereal- Cereals are filled with nutrients and fiber. When paired with some skim milk, this snack is also a great source of calcium and protein.