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District Wellness Committee Newsletter – Spring 2019

Daily Success Tips


  • Deep Breath
  • Water
  • Movement (ING…)
  • A Healthy Breakfast
  • Setting Goals
  • Making Lists
  • Appreciation
  • Nature
  • Play Music
  • Learn from Others
  • Growth Mindset Fear
  • Find out the Facts
  • Schedule Priorities
  • Write in Journal
  • Pray/Meditate
  • Seek to Understand


  • Smoking/Drugs
  • Sugary Drinks
  • Complaining
  • Skipping Meals
  • Never Setting Goals
  • Scattered and Cluttered
  • Feeling Entitled
  • Staying Inside Too Long
  • Get Lost Online
  • Blame Others
  • Change/Fixed Mindset
  • Make Things a Bigger Deal
  • Never Write Due Dates
  • Yell at People
  • Curse Life/Isolate Yourself
  • Make Assumptions

Employee Wellness

Take charge of your health and participate in the upcoming health assessment! Deadline to register online is 3/21@ 10 am. Go to First-time users will enter code: VH8WF. Returning users will need their User ID and Password from last year. Upon scheduling, you will be entered for various raffle prizes including an Ipad, Apple Watch and Fit Bit. Scheduling sites and times are as follows:

  • PHS: 3/25/19 from 6:30 am to 10:00 am
  • District Office: 3/26/19 from 6:30 am to 10:30 am
  • PMHMS: 3/27/19 from 6:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Abia Judd: 3/28/19 from 6:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Taylor Hicks: 3/29/19 from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm

Take a Harlem Globetrotter to School Sweepstakes from GoNoodle

GoNoodle Plus is a free resource for parents and educators in Yavapai County that is provided by Yavapai Regional Medical Center. GoNoodle aims to engage kids and enhance learning. Now through 3/31/19, parents can win an exclusive prize pack and a Harlem Globetrotter’s visit to your child’s school. Entry is easy! Go to and do the following:

  • Create a FREE family account
  • Play the video “Sweet Georgia Brown”

It’s that simple!

Nutrition Bytes


5 cups Fresh sweet potatoes,
peeled, coarsely shredded
2 L cups Canned low-sodium garbanzo beans (chickpeas), with liquid
½ cup Fresh green onions, finely
2 Tbsp Vegetable oil
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Granulated garlic
¼ tsp Ground black pepper
½ tsp Onion powder
½ tsp Ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
2. Place shredded potatoes on a large baking pan sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 °F for 20 minutes or until slightly tender. Do not overcook.
3. Increase oven temperature to 400 °F.
4. In a food processor or blender, purée garbanzo beans, including the liquid, until smooth.
5. In a medium mixing bowl, combine shredded sweet potatoes, puréed garbanzo beans, green onions, vegetable oil, salt, garlic, pepper, onion powder, and cinnamon. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 40-45 minutes to make tots easier to form.
6. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, roll 36 tots. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Lightly flatten the tops of the tots with a spoon or a fork. Bake at 400 °F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Serve hot

Activity Corner

Being physically active can help you…

  • Feel better about yourself
  • Increase your chances of living longer
  • Decrease your chances of depression
  • Sleep well at night
  • Move around more easily
  • Have stronger muscles and bones
  • Stay or get to a healthy weight
  • Be with friends or meet new people
  • Enjoy yourself and have fun

How much activity do I need?

If you’re between age 6 and 17, you need at least 60 minutes of activity each and every day.

Do activities you enjoy…

  • Walk to school
  • Dance in the living room
  • Play tag at recess
  • Walk your dog
  • Go to sports practice 

Teens You’re Programming Your Brain Right Now…

The choices you make about your health today might not seem very important. They’re just for today, right? Does it really matter that much if you don’t get enough sleep most of the time, don’t exercise, eat a lot of junk food, or even use drugs sometimes?

Science has found the answer: Yes, it matters a lot.

Your brain keeps developing until you’re about 25 years old. So, if your brain was a computer, it would take 25 years to write all the
code for it to operate at its best. Fortunately, your brain’s “code” is influenced by things you can control. This includes health choices you make. Drug use is a prime example of a decision you might face that can have far-reaching consequences. Like missing out on sleep or eating junk food, using drugs interferes with your brain’s function—it can scramble the code.

Researchers are just beginning to understand how changes to the code in the teen years affects or brains longterm. They also want to learn if these changes can be reversed. Do you want to take the risk?

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