Clatsop Kids Go encourages healthy habits

11/20/2018

By Sue Cody

Children play to learn, and in Warrenton, that can mean the old Rock, Paper, Scissors game with a twist.

A fast-paced team-version gets somewhat rowdy, and helps kids be engaged, active and learn to handle emotions.

Kids playing Rock, Paper, Scissors

This activity is just one part of the Clatsop Kids Go program offered in Clatsop County schools. The Way to Wellville program is designed to create positive attitudes, physical activity, improved nutrition and overall well-being for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

A grant from Providence Seaside Hospital supports the program.

Now in its third year, it will serve 300 children during the school year.

Creator and coordinator Sarah LaCoste Brown says the program focuses on the principle of 5-2-1-0+9:

  • Five servings of fruits and vegetables per day
  • Two hours or less of recreational screen time
  • One hour of physical activity
  • Zero sugar sweetened beverages
  • Nine hours of sleep at night

“By providing the children this easy to remember principle, we give them go-to tools for tracking their own growth to health and wellness,” Brown says.

Activities

“Life skills like patience and resilience are learned by playing games, like the Rock Paper Scissors Relay. Other activities include yoga, jiu jitsu and gardening. More nutrition education and cooking are planned to further healthy eating habits.

Program assistant Jessica Morrow says there are plans to introduce more cultural events this session by virtually visiting 10 countries to learn about their cultures.

Clatsop Kids Go is partnering with area businesses such as Natural Grocers and Bumble Art Studio, to show kids a wide range of resources in their community.

Brown says, “In addition to these continued lessons, we also are reinforcing the concepts of mindfulness and healthy coping, so students can further develop their emotional intelligence and behavior regulation.”

Warrenton School Nurse Jackie Wellborn says she has seen great behavioral and self-esteem changes in kids who participated in Clatsop Kids Go. She says teachers have also reported positive changes in student behavior.

“We are excited about the growth the program has experienced,” says Brown, “and we are grateful to Providence Seaside Hospital for granting us the opportunity to continue this program.”

The Way to Wellville and its sponsor, Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, encourage healthy living.