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How to Eat Healthy with MyPlate 

MyPlate has many resources to help everyone establish a healthier eating routine now and in the future.  This website is a place to look at one’s current eating routine and personalize a plan that’s just right based on one’s age, height, weight, and physical activity level.  One can also tailor a nutrition plan based on a specific life stage.  Feeling inspired to cook healthier?  There is also a MyPlate Kitchen with recipes and cooking videos. 

Heart Healthy Eating  

This website features more than 100 recipes created for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. Along with heart-healthy recipes from cuisines around the world, there’s plenty of information about food shopping, cooking, and eating healthfully for the entire family. Staying healthy can be challenging, but lifestyle changes like moving to heart-healthy eating can help lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions. 


TeensHealth is a website for teens to learn about hundreds of physical, emotional, and behavioral topics.  The information on this website is doctor-reviewed to ensure the information is accurate and up to date. TeensHealth has many easy-to-follow articles, slideshows, videos, and health tools to help teens learn, grow and be their best. There is also a separate section for parents and kids, created with their questions in mind. 

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is one of the best places to start making healthy decisions about your nutrition, activity, and sleep routine.  This website will help you learn how your body works (how your body uses the food and drinks you consume and how being active may help your body “burn” calories), how to choose healthy foods and drinks, how to get moving and stay active, how getting enough sleep is important to staying healthy, how to ease into healthy habits and keep them up and how to plan healthy meals and physical activities that fit your lifestyle.

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At Altus Schools, we have developed a comprehensive mental health program that consists of several elements designed to support students directly and build staff capacity to create safe and supportive learning environments that are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and that connect students and families to appropriate resources. Highlights of our mental health program include (1) teachers who are specially trained in suicide screening, trauma-informed practices, human trafficking prevention, and socio-emotional learning; (2) strategic partnerships with community organizations to provide mental health services; (3) a team of school nurses; (4) a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; (5) a Healthy Youth Department that coordinates student webinars and professional learning to support students’ mental health and wellness; (6) student webinars with socio-emotional learning through our Resilience in Students and Education (RISE) series; (7) suicide prevention, intervention and postvention protocols; (8) tools for connecting students and families to information resources; (9) parent/guardian webinars through our Family Learning Series on student mental health, wellness, and community resources; and (10) administration of special programs and coordination of services for identified student groups.