About We Can!
The We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) Initiative is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers and entire communities a way to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
Research shows that parents and caregivers are the primary influence on this age group. The We Can! national education program provides parents and caregivers with tools, fun activities, and more to help them encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced time sitting in front of the screen (TV or computer) in their entire family.
We Can! also offers organizations, community groups, and health professionals a centralized resource to promote a healthy weight in youth through community outreach, partnership development, and media activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse populations. Science-based educational programs, support materials, training opportunities, and other resources are available to support programming for youth, parents, and families in the community.
Four Institutes of the National Institutes of Health have come together to bring you We Can!. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in collaboration with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Cancer Institute, has combined the unique resources and activities of these institutes to make We Can! a national success.
McIntosh County became one of the nation’s first We Can! Counties in February 2010. The County Commission signed a proclamation, demonstrating its commitment to encouraging healthier lifestyles among its residents by improving access to healthier foods and opportunities to engage in regular physical activity.
Here are some ways you can get involved in this initiative!
Check back with this website. We will be posting We Can! events happening throughout your community. We would love for you to join us!
Join the We Can! Parent E-mail Program – a free program designed to help parents/caregivers work in healthy eating, moving more & reducing screen time on a daily basis. You will receive one e-mail a week for 10 weeks. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912.644.5209 if you are interested.
Click here to download the flyer: WeCanParente-mailProgram Flyer
Take advantage of the many tip sheets (provided on this webpage) that list easy ways to help your family maintain a healthy weight by eating healthier, moving more & reducing screen time.
We Can! Eat Healthy
Want to know more about how many calories are recommended for males and females?
Click here: Calorie Tips
Get your children interested in healthy eating habits early by letting them help in the kitchen.
Click here to learn more: Cooking with Children
Need some help making smart food choices?
Click here for a guide on what to eat and when to eat it: Smart Food Choices
Make healthier choices for you and your family.
Click here to find out how: Parent Tips
Use this template to fill in your weekly grocery list: Grocery List Template
There are some fats and oils that are better for you in others.
Click here to find out more: Fats and Oils
Learn the secrets to making school lunches healthy and fun:
Healthy School Lunches
How much sugar and calories are in your favorite drink? You may be surprised.
Sugar in Drinks
Use this tracking sheet to keep up with We Can! healthy living tips:
Eating Well Tracking Sheet
You are what you eat. Learn more about the foods you should eat most often, less often, and least often:
U R What U Eat
We Can! Move More
Official “Let’s Move” Move Your Body Video
Learn the steps to the Move Your Body dance workout.
Learn more how to make physical activity fun:
Physical Activity Tips
Use this log to track your activity:
We Can! Reduce Screen Time
Use this log to track and help reduce your child’s screen time:
Screen Time Log
Here are some other tips that can help you stay healthy:
Eat Healthy, Save Money
Eat Well and Move More
Food Comparison Chart
Nutrition Facts Label