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Health & Wellness at ASTEC

Focus on Health, Wellness and Mental Resilience

Health, wellness and mental resilience are essential to learning and a quality life.  At ASTEC Charter Schools, we are developing a culture of healthy living among our students and employees.  We are making a difference in the fight against obesity by implementing a number of positive measures.  We have revolutionized our school lunch program and serve fresh foods for breakfast and lunch every day.

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ASTEC Charter Schools’ Premiere Health and Wellness Program

yogaASTEC Charter Schools’ leadership has long been interested in the health of our students, their families and our employees.  We removed pop and sugary drinks from our school long before a law was passed to prohibit these items in school vending machines.   ASTEC began working on better meal patterns long before Congress approved the new USDA meal patterns. Our school breakfast and lunch are second to none.   ASTEC invested in a full kitchen and innovative food service program some time ago. Even with these efforts we were still lacking a complete program.

In February of 2012, a team from HealthCorps and Continental Resources visited Oklahoma City area high schools, including ASTEC.  The result of their visits was the selection of ASTEC Charter Schools as THE first HealthCorps school in Oklahoma with Harold Hamm and Continental Resources as the benefactor.

In the Fall of 2012, the HealthCorps program at ASTEC Charter Schools launched with a bang, under the direction of our HealthCorps Coordinator.   A new culture of health, wellness and mental resilience has transformed our school. Under HealthCorps’ leadership, our students, families and employees have become involved in a number of meaningful activities and events.

It is our hope that more Oklahoma schools experience HealthCorps through other benefactors following the example of Mr. Harold Hamm and Continental Resources.

         Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese.   One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. Americans are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners.   The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.   The average American child spends more than 7.5 hours a day watching TV and movies, using cell phones and computers for entertainment, and playing video games, and only a third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
Doctors and scientists are concerned about the rise of obesity in children and youth because obesity may lead to the following health problems:
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Social discrimination
Obese children and adolescents may experience immediate health consequences and these may then lead to weight-related health problems in adulthood.   Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance. In a sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, almost 60% of overweight children had at least one CVD risk factor while 25 percent of overweight children had two or more CVD risk factors.   In addition, studies have shown that obese children and teens are more likely to become obese as adults.
In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children are targets of early and systematic social discrimination.   The psychological stress of social stigmatization can cause low self-esteem which, in turn, can hinder academic and social functioning, and persist into adulthood. While the research is still emerging, there have been some studies showing that obese children are not learning like those who are not obese. Further, physical fitness has been shown to be associated with higher achievement. *Letsmove.org
Earlier this year, the First Lady announced “Let’s Move!” an initiative to combat childhood obesity at every stage of a child’s life. President Barack Obama created a Task Force on Childhood Obesity to marshal the combined resources of the Federal Government to develop inter-agency solutions and make recommendations on how to respond to this crisis.   The Task Force produced a report containing a comprehensive set of recommendations that will put our country on track for solving this pressing health issue and preventing it from threatening future generations.   The report outlines broad strategies to address childhood obesity, including providing healthier food in schools, ensuring access to healthy affordable food, increasing opportunities for physical activity, empowering parents and caregivers with better information about making healthy choices, and giving children a healthy start in life. *Presidential Proclamation, September 1, 2010, whitehouse.gov

How Employees are Getting Healthy

Not only is ASTEC inspiring the students to live healthier lifestyles, but the employees as well.   The employee wellness program encourages not only eating healthy, but an overall healthy lifestyle as well.   This includes topics such as heart health, nutrition, arthritis awareness, tobacco and alcohol awareness and healthy sleep habits.

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