While the CDC recommends that school age children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, it’s estimated that only 25% of children actually do. This winter, with the cold weather, the cancelation of many indoor sports opportunities, and the increase of screen usage for virtual learners, we knew it was vitally important to help advocate for students to have more opportunities for physical activity during their school day. To address this, The Wellbeing Partners teamed up with two of our OPS school partners, Skinner Magnet Center and Howard Kennedy Elementary for a “Walk & Roll Challenge”.
When I was in third grade, a classmate’s father died of suicide. It was the first time I had ever heard that word. While explaining what it meant to me, my mother, who did not at the time fully understand mental illness, told me that it was a selfish thing for him to do. I couldn’t fathom why a father would choose to leave his family like that—I didn’t fully understand mental illness either.
The global pandemic is bringing to light the importance of worksite health promotion for the health and wellbeing of your employees. The virus does not discriminate based on health status. Although living a healthy lifestyle will not prevent someone from contracting the virus, it may prevent, treat or reverse various chronic conditions that increase the risk for severe illness or death from the virus. It is estimated that up to 80% of chronic conditions can be prevented, treated, and/or reversed by lifestyle management (CDC).
“I need help thinking of things that kids can do at recess. They can’t use the playground. They can’t share toys. They can’t touch each other or be within six feet of each other. How can I help them remain physically active and enjoy their recess time?”
This Thursday, The Wellbeing Partners and national partner Public Good Project, along with the Douglas, Sarpy/Cass and Pottawattamie County Health Departments, and more than 150 local collaborators, will launch a regional campaign to normalize mental health and get people talking about their mental health stories, journeys, and experiences. We believe that each of us has a lot in common. As we share stories of grief, loss, resilience, triumph, acceptance, disappointment, longing to be connected - and really any feeling in between, we connect more closely with each other.
As the grey van approached the food pickup line I could see the sliding door open. Expecting the usual interior views of another normal drop-off, what I wasn’t ready for was the expression of pure joy on the nine-year-old boy’s face in the back seat as I loaded the fresh produce into their van. I’m pretty sure I saw his back molars as the smile stretched across his face.
The Wellbeing Partners Youth Wellness Coordinator, Claire Brown, spoke with Cecelia Jenkins of local news station WOWT about work surrounding Youth Wellness as schools prepare to welcome students back in the fall. Here is the full interview - learn about the many projects The Wellbeing Partners has coming up to support teachers and others who serve youth in our community as we "Return to Learn" this fall.
The Health + Housing pilot was created by a multisectoral collaboration to ensure healthier homes for more Douglas County residents in Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) single housing units. The pilot’s inspection process improvement program focused on training OHA’s home inspectors and Family Support Services staff in the use of a healthy home assessment tool developed by Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA).
Our organization is committed to fighting racist societal structures within the social determinants of health that limit the ability for Black communities and immigrant, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized populations to thrive in all areas of wellbeing, so that all people and places can thrive. More recently, this work includes working with the Regional Health Council to address mental health in the community and a specific mental health anti-stigma campaign, which we expect to fully launch in August.
We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, James Scurlock, and countless others and stand alongside our community in a cry for change. Senseless deaths are happening every day due to racism, in addition to the disproportionate impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for minority families, and there is so much work to be done. The Wellbeing Partners is committed to be a part of the solution.