School Wellness Program

Health In Mind Report Released

Research documents what educators know: healthy students are better prepared to learn and succeed in school. Yet current health and education policy misses several simple, vital opportunities to boost academic success through health promotion and school wellness. We can create a better future for our children and our nation by improving health in schools. read more

Wisconsin Brings Farm Food to the Schools — and Keeps the Dollars Local

Part of a series in which Rob Waters, chief communications officer for the Prevention Institute, talks about the impact prevention funds are having in communities across the country.

Wood County, Wisconsin, may be the largest producer of cranberries in the world but in many parts of this rural county it can be hard to find fresh fruit or vegetables at the store—or the school lunchroom. So three years ago, Wood County health officials and advocates began a program to bring schoolchildren out for visits to working farms and, just as important, bring produce from the farms to school cafeteria. read more

Let’s Move! Salad Bars Funding Opportunity

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Our vision is to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Food Family Farming FoundationNational Fruit and Vegetable AllianceUnited Fresh Produce Association Foundation, andWhole Foods Market to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The goal of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program is to fund and award 6000 salad bars over the next three years.

Why Salad Bars? read more

Apply for a Grant! Application window open until December 1, 2012. Find out if your District is eligible.

Students at local elementary school ready to ride new campus bike track

When students at Laguna Elementary in the Flowing Wells School District return to school this August, they’ll be able to use two wheels and a newly installed bike track to stay active during recess.

The schools’ administration received a $10,000 grant, help from Pima County’s Safe Routes to School instructor Ignacio Rivera de Rosales and construction company Tucson Bobcat to create a bike track on Laguna’s campus. The track is a third of a mile and consists of berms, table tops and straightaways around the playground area. More…

Portland tackles childhood obesity with four school fitness courses

PORTLAND, Maine — Local officials on Monday celebrated the opening of four schoolyard fitness courses, a project representing the end of two years and $1.8 million in federal grant investments in healthy living initiatives in the city.

The news conference at Ocean Avenue Elementary School on Monday afternoon was the latest and likely final event in a two-year series of public celebrations for projects such aslocal exercise videos featuring professional athletes and children’s book-themed StoryWalks. The common thread through all of these projects is that they were funded in part by a $1.8 million federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant secured by the Portland Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Division. More…

Safe Routes Promotes Healthy Life-Styles For Kids

BUTTE, Mont. — Healthy kids are active kids and Robert Johnson with the PedNet Coalition believes kids today aren’t getting the physical activity they need.  “We live in a society now where we basically wake kids up in the morning, we drive them as close to the front door of the elementary school as possible and we tell them to sit down and learn and that’s not harmful just for their health, but also academically,” Johnson said. More…

 


Innovative Farm to School Project

Given the increasing rates of obesity and diabetes among school-aged children, helping kids make healthy food choices is more important than ever (1). That’s why this week we’re highlighting the successful strategies of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) from Asheville, NC. ASAP is a pioneer for innovative Farm to School projects and are well on their way to building a comprehensive approach for educating children, teachers, and community members alike about the importance of getting and keeping fresh, local foods in all our schools.

ASAP’s Farm to School Education Project has teamed up with Western Carolina University (WCU) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to establish courses and on-the-farm workshops for students working on degrees in Education and Dietetics.  These courses and workshops exposed future classroom and school leaders to curriculum that coordinates Farm to School principles with in-the-field education and experimentation. WCU students participating in the “Cultivating the Next Crop of Educators” program were then able to put theory into practice when they interned in local Jackson County Public School District.

The program implemented strategies like classroom cooking, taste testing, community gardening, and farm field trips, to name a few. As Ginny Ehrlich, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation said, “when schools work with community based organizations and business…..it’s the power of collaboration and partnership, and the power of different sectors within a community coming together, deciding what’s best for its community, what’s needed, and really making it happen.”

Check out our resources to find even more strategies for incorporating Farm to School principles in your community.

SUSTAINABILITY TIP: WCU is now working to make the “Cultivating the Next Crop of Educators” program into a permanent component of its pre-service curriculum for educators and dietitians.  ASAP is working with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand the program to other universities and community colleges.

DID YOU KNOW?

Each year, the Davis, CA Farm to School program puts on the Tour de Cluck – a bicycle “chicken coop crawl” to raise money and awareness. They have 18 coops on the routes  Learn more about the Tour de Cluck today!

Shaw’s Supports In-School Nutrition Program

Shaw’s Supermarkets has partnered with New England Dairy & Food Council to provide $65,000 in grants to New England schools participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program (FUTP60). FUTP60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and National Football League that encourages students to eat healthy and be active for 60 minutes every day. More…