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Growing Healthy Schools Month School-Based Activities


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Growing Healthy Schools Month celebrates the health of students in public schools throughout the District. During this annual celebration, public schools are encouraged to coordinate activities aimed at engaging students with topics concerning nutrition, the environment, and being active. We encourage schools to leverage Growing Healthy Schools Month to institutionalize healthy school initiatives throughout the school year.

Below is a list of school-based activities that are being promoted and supported by OSSE during Growing Healthy Schools Month:

Host a Cooking Demo
There are many community based organizations that offer healthy cooking demos and teachers can also act as chefs for the day and prepare a healthy snack with their students. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Connect with a Local Grower
While many students may have already experienced a farm field trip, we hope this month inspires you to plan something special that will take your farm-to-school program to the next level. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Eat Local Produce
What better way to engage students then by tasting a delicious fruit or veggie that was grown locally? We hope this month inspires you to pay special attention to the foods indicated as “local” on the breakfast and lunch menus. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Use your School Grounds to Teach
October is one of the best times to teach students on school grounds in the district. We hope this month inspires you to plan something special that will take your school garden to the next level. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Nutrition Education and Promotion
Schools play an important role in childhood obesity prevention efforts, because children spend so much of their day at school. Because of changes in both federal and local legislation, school meals now include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, and limit saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. Nutrition education promotion can help support these efforts by increasing awareness and acceptance of the healthier options available at school. It can also help lay the groundwork for healthy habits children will use for life. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Read a Book from the Healthy Schools and/or Health and Physical Education Assessment Booklists
Read to students and the school community from books in the Healthy Schools Booklist (grades K-5) and/or the Health and Physical Education Assessment Booklist (grades K-12). Reading books that focus on positive behaviors can motivate students to adopt these behaviors. By encouraging reading of the books outlined in these booklists, you will not only motivate students to adopt positive behaviors, but will enhance their reading skills, helping them succeed academically and in life. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Go on an Environmental Field Trip
While outdoor field studies can happen throughout the year, we hope this month inspires you to plan something special that will connect your students to the world around them. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Host a Family Engagement Event
Family and community involvement are key to enhancing the health and well-being of students. We hope this month inspires you to plan something special that all families will be able to enjoy. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Get Active
Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity builds strong bones and muscles, decreases the risk of obesity, and promotes positive mental health. It is recommended that children receive at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per day. Select here for recommended activities and projects.

Teach a Standards-Based Lesson around Health or the Environment
While instruction in these topics can happen throughout the year, we hope this month inspires you to plan something special that will take your lessons to the next level. Select here for recommended activities and projects.


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