Success is a (Healthy Diet) Choice

The new food pyramid emphasizes eating a variety of foods and exercising regularly.
The new food pyramid emphasizes eating a variety of foods and exercising regularly.

Good nutrition is critical to a child’s mental development and academic performance. Students can’t concentrate in class or study effectively if they are staving off hunger with empty calories from junk food, but changing unhealthy eating habits takes education and effort. CCSC was recognized last spring by the Cambridge Public Health Department for our nutrition education programs, and we are excited to announce two new initiatives that complement our efforts to ensure that all CCSC students get the nutrition they need for good health and academic success. Continue reading “Success is a (Healthy Diet) Choice”

Nutrition Initiative Wins Let’s Move Grant

Let's Move is Michelle Obama's initiative to combat childhood obesity
Let’s Move is Michelle Obama’s initiative to combat childhood obesity.

The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion campaigns, has awarded $500 mini-grants to CCSC and nine other local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity to combat childhood obesity. The new grant will enable the school to build upon the successful healthy nutrition initiative launched this year by School Nurse Pamela Bajada and Director of Guidance and Counseling Vanessa Barrios. The two plan to expand the nutrition and cooking program into an extracurricular activity in 2013-14. Continue reading “Nutrition Initiative Wins Let’s Move Grant”

Tips on Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Nurse Pamela Bajada has posted flu tips all around campus.
Nurse Pamela Bajada has posted flu tips all around campus.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has declared a public health emergency in response to the unusual virulence of this winter’s flu epidemic. With midterm exams coming up week after next, the recent spike in flu cases couldn’t come at a worse time, as stress is known to weaken the immune system and being absent this month means missing valuable review time in class – but coming to school sick puts everyone else at risk, so please stay home if you have a fever or other flu symptoms: Continue reading “Tips on Staying Healthy During Flu Season”