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Growing Healthy Schools Month School-Based Activities


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Below are resources and activities that are being promoted and supported by OSSE during Growing Healthy Schools Month:

Farm to School

Resources

Activities

  • Celebrate Growing Healthy Schools Month and National Farm to School Month by participating in a farm to school activity in the cafeteria, classroom, school garden, or beyond. Taste test a new local food, trace the pathways of your lunch, read a book in the school garden, or take a field trip to a nearby farm.

Events

  • National Farm to School Month
  • October is National Farm To School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food! The National Farm to School Network advocated for the creation of National Farm to School Month by Congress in 2010 and now organizes the annual celebration with dozens of partners across the country.

Contests

Farm To School Champion Award

Is someone at your school a champion for the Farm to School movement? If so, nominate them for the Farm to School Champion Award! A Farm to School Champion could be a teacher, administrator, student, parent, or community member like a farmer who supports the Farm to School Movement at your school.

Winners will receive a prize and be recognized at our Growing Healthy Schools Month Celebration this Fall. Nominate someone today

School Gardens

Resources and Activities

Events

  • School Garden Bicycle Tour: TBD

Contests

The Gilda Allen Best School Garden Award

DC is home to 134 schools with gardens but which is the best? Students are challenged to write a short essay answering the question: “Why is your school garden the best school garden in the District?” Register for the contest here. See past winners and read their essays.

Nutrition

Resources

Events

National School Lunch Week
President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. During this annual weeklong celebration, students around the country celebrate in their cafeterias, schools and districts with special menus, events, student activities and more.

The 2019 National School Lunch Week theme is “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist” which spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up the menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization.

Visit the School Nutrition Association website for resources, activities, and ideas for how to celebrate National School Lunch Week.

Physical Activity and Education

Resources

  • CDC Comprehensive Physical Activity Programs Guide
  • Action for Healthy Kids Classroom Physical Activity Breaks

Activities

Achieve your local wellness policy goals and celebrate Growing Healthy Schools Month by incorporating Movement in Classrooms to reach recommended levels of physical activity

Contests

Brain Boost Award
Brain boosters are activities that get students moving during the school day. Entries can be anywhere from 30 seconds to three minutes in length. Silliness and creativity are encouraged. Submit a video or a description of a classroom brain boost/break activity to be considered for the Growing Healthy School's Month Classroom Brain Boost Award.

Environmental Literacy

Resources and Activities


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