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CONNECT WITH ANGELA

(707) 561-2229

I am located in Eugene, but can work virtually.  I am always looking to connect and network with others interested in my services.  I am especially interested in working with  professionals in the health and wellness fields as well as those who work with children in schools, daycare, and sports and hobbies.  I am willing to travel if services are requested.

IN THE CLASSROOM

As a Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach, I hold  a special place in my heart for coaching families and kids.  My own wellness journey started with my child's ADHD diagnosis and over the last several years I have educated myself on what caused it, how to reduce symptoms, and how to reduce the risk of having  it. I have seen how remarkable of a change it has made on my children and our family, and am devoting my life to helping kids prevent and reduce the symptoms of ADHD and other behavioral and social disorders, as well as learning disabilities, allergies, asthma, obesity, diabetes, depression and so much more. Here are some recent statistics relating to the health of our children.....

  • 1 in 3 children  is overweight or obese;

  • 1 in 4 teens show 2+ risk factors of heart disease;

  • Each year, an average of 370,000 children between ages 10 and 18 get Type 2 Diabetes;

  • 1 in 8 has asthma or serious respiratory issues;

  • An average of 13 million children experience respiratory allergies each year;

  • 1 in 10 has been diagnosed with ADHD; 1 in 5 with ADD;

  • 1 in 10 between ages 12-17 have signs  of depression or have a mood disorder

  • Anxiety disorder affects 8% of children ages 13-18;

  • 1 in 50 children has autism;

  • The eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, is on the rise in children as young as kindergarten

  • 1 in 5 children experience debilitating mental disorders 

  • 72% of all children have some kind of emotional problem

  • Everyday, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. Average age as young as 6.

The connection between learning and good nutrition has been proven. However, most classrooms and families have yet to experience the full impact good nutrition can have on  a child's development, learning, behavior, and performance. A diet full of highly processed foods and a lack of daily activity are all contributing to what has been termed “Nutrition Deficit Disorder” by Dr. Bill Sears.  Junk food has been proven to cause neurotransmitters in the brain, which pass along information, to function improperly. Smart

foods, however, allow information to be processed correctly and help the child function at their optimal level. L.E.A.N. workshops offer simple, affordable, easy-to-implement tools to make school wellness programs fun, interactive, and engaging for both students, parents, and teachers..

Children are told by parents, teachers, and others that they need to eat healthy and to exercise more.   But let's face it......kids are kids.  They are not always interested in doing what they're told unless they get something out of it.  This is why it's important for these kids to learn not just that they need to eat better and be more active, but to learn in a way that is fun and gets them excited about learning and doing it.

I have seen for myself that children are not eating right or getting enough exercise in school.  Not just the food that is served, but the food that they are eating before they come to school and for snack are showing that their brains are reacting to what they are eating.  Children are rushed to eat and  head to recess immediately after eating, which disturbs the digestion process.  This causes most food to be stored as fat, rather than to allow nutrients to be properly placed throughout the body.

Click above to see some Food for Thought on how food directly affects the brain and performance in school.

MY LESSON PLAN

I have curriculum for classrooms that meet different age groups between 4 and 12.  They can be as short as 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.  I guarantee these lesson plans will be fun and leave the kids thinking about what is healthy and what is not and that healthy food is delicious too.  I have a variety of ideas that include games, activities, and even science, and am happy to go over them with you or have you help me select what you feel is best for your kids.  I can come to your classroom regularly to discuss different topics related to food and health.  I can even provide lectures or workshops for staff and teachers if need be.

Since these changes have to start at home, I also offer free lectures with parents to learn more about how to help kids want to be healthy.  I also give them the opportunity to learn more about the Dr Sears L.E.A.N. program and the services I provide.  They can be topic specific as well (i.e. allergy prevention, preparing for cold and flu, or picky eaters).

If you're interested in having me in your school, class, sports team, or youth group organization, please feel free to contact me directly. I look forward to hearing from you and helping your kids learn about healthy living.