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Tip of the Week

Wellness Tip of the Week

Couple beach happy
Be aware of what your body needs. Sometimes it’s a calming breathe, a refreshing glass of water, or a rejuvenating stroll around the park.

Wellness News

July 15, 2014

Doctor Writes “Parks Prescription” for Youth

A pediatrician in Washington DC is changing the way he prescribes physical activity for his patients. In collaboration with the National Park Service and volunteers from George Washington University’s School of Public Health, park rangers and other doctors, he has compiled a database of all the parks in the area. He uses this information to create detailed prescriptions for physical activity for his patients. Projects like this are being developed across the country to help combat growing rates of childhood obesity.

To read more, see the NPR article here.

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June 13, 2014

High School Students Smoking Less in CDC Survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent National Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that 15.7% of high schoolers smoke, down 2.4% in 2011. The results are a major victory for the Healthy People 2020 objective of lowering smoking rates below 16% for this population. Unfortunately, the report found that 13.7% of students were obese and 16.6% were overweight, up from 13% and 15.2% in 2011, respectively.

For a summary of the report, see The Washington Post’s article here.

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Stumbling on Creativity

CHAD MORRIS, Program Director

While there is a wide array of ways to satisfy our social needs, I personally experience great joy in the combination of friends, family, and food. For many of our dinner parties, our guests arrive to a meal already prepared and waiting to be eaten. But when possible, I find it rewarding to create culinary events where everyone participates in the process. Our recent culinary crescendo was pot stickers. These Chinese dumplings filled with pork and garlic chives take time to make and benefit by many helping hands.

We all had roles – harvesting the chives from our garden, making the dough, rolling it, filling the dumplings, and finally cooking. I, along with many others, was a dumpling sous-chef. Cindy was the pot sticker director—ensuring the flour wasn’t flying too far and the dumpling had the correct number of folds (three on each side). Aside from the pleasure of making something incredibly delicious, this process gave us the opportunity to leisurely catch up with one another and discuss current events—potential new jobs, recent vacations, and family happenings.

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BHWP Partnership with Arkansas Department of Corrections Detailed in SCLC Interview

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) and the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) to reduce smoking among the incarcerated populations in Arkansas. BHWP has been providing training for ADC counselors to integrate tobacco treatment as a component of their Therapeutic Communities. To read about how this partnership started and how it’s progressing, read SCLC’s interview with Brenda Howard, TPCP Cessation Section Chief.

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