WCS Wellness Committee
Warren Consolidated Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement.
The Board of Education recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Schools can play an important role in the developmental process allowing students to establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snack, supporting the development of good eating habits, and promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
TIPS TO MAINTAIN WEIGHT DURING THE HOLIDAYS
By DMC Dietetic Intern Mike Hall
The holiday season is notorious for foods high in calories which usually results in weight gain during this time. These are some tricks to decrease the amount you eat and maintain weight during the holiday season.
* Stay Active: Don’t let the winter blues stop exercise regimen. This will help decrease intake of food and sweets and burn calories.
* Smaller Plate: When buffet meals are served. The smaller the plate, the less food you consume.
* Take Your Time Eating: The stomach takes a good 20 minutes to start releasing hormones to tell the brain it’s full. Take your time eating, interact in conversation, and really enjoy the holiday food.
* Take Smaller Bites: The smaller the bite, the more you chew your food, the better. This will help slow down eating habits and control how much you eat.
* Fall off the Wagon, Get Back on: If you have a day where you eat too much food, don’t let it discourage you. If you fall off the wagon, get back on the next day and practice good techniques to stay at a steady weight during the times of celebration.
Action For Healthy Kids
Nutrition Services was awarded The Game on Grant through Action For Healthy Kids for each elementary school at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
It is to help with an innovative physical activity strategy targeting indoor recess- we proposed to purchase chair activity bingo sets, and chair dancing DVDS per elementary building to increase physical activity.
It also is to help with nutrition initiatives – we proposed purchasing a My Plate Classroom Kit to be kept at each Elementary Building. Our goal is to provide a nutrition class to at least one classroom at each elementary buildings this school year. These kits will also be available for teachers to check out and use for their classrooms if so desired. We also proposed to purchase My Plate bulletin board for each elementary building. In addition, a portion of the monies will be used for taste testing of a new food item during Every Kid Healthy Week in April.
In all we will receive total of $14,000 to promote healthy living with our elementary students. This grant will help us to achieve some of our goals established through the Wellness Committee and are supported with the new Wellness policy adopted in June.
WCS Wellness Initiatives
The Warren Consolidated Schools Wellness Committee introduced a wellness initiative aimed at promoting health and wellness within our school.
Some of the wellness initiative include: fun runs, Jump Rope for Heart, movement/fitness rooms, running/walking clubs, staff workouts or sports activities, nutritional health fairs, water drinking campaigns, and dental, vision, and health clinics.
Schools that participated in wellness initiatives for the 2016-17 school year were recently awarded special status by the Wellness Committee.
Green Acres Elementary
Carter Middle School