Ideas for Action
Your Wellness Ambassador or Council can implement the suggested activities that best fit your organization. You can host an event to kick off your wellness efforts, such as a health fair or group exercise class. Use the enthusiasm from the event to inspire further action in your community and to gather more supporters for your wellness initiative. After you launch your activities, focus on implementing the next steps to reach your goals for community wellness.
Help Families Make Healthy Choices
Use MyPlate as a reminder for your community and congregational meals:
MyPlate is the food icon that helps us all build a healthy plate at meal times emphasizing fruit, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy food groups. Learn how to make MyPlate your community’s plate by visiting ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Host nutrition education classes:
Open up your organization’s kitchen and host kids and their parents for healthy cooking lessons. Visit www.nutrition.gov for recipe ideas and visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to download free education materials. Using the MyPlate website, show your community how the SuperTracker interactive food and physical activity tracking tool can help people plan and improve their diet and weight management for free.
Create Access to Affordable Food
Grow healthy food for your community by starting a garden:
A vegetable garden is a great way to provide healthy, fresh food for those in need and teach children that healthy eating can be fun! Congregations and community organizations often have land available for gardening. Visit the Let’s Move gardening page to learn more and download the Let’s Move Faith and Communities gardening guide to learn about the resources available to help, including USDA’s People’s Garden initiative.
Feed kids over the summer:
Help ensure that kids in your community have access to nutritious meals when school is out by hosting the Summer Food Service Program. Your organization can participate as a site and receive free meals to help kids in low-income areas get the food they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months.
Encourage Physical Activity
Host a weekly exercise activity for your community or congregation:
Children need at least 60 minutes of active play every day to maintain a healthy weight. You can help by hosting regular and fun physical activities at your site. Visit the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition for activities and guidance.