Taking Wellness to School

August 27, 2009

The new school year is a great time to begin to create a culture of health and wellness throughout the school environment. How can this be done and who can lead the way?

Consider creating a wellness leadership team! There is excitement and anticipation of new beginnings which will assist with your recruitment and the planning process. Team Up! Get people on board for wellness.

Get people on board:

Begin recruiting those who have expressed or demonstrated an interest in healthy eating and physical activity. Start with whatever number of members you can. Brainstorm potential recruits who represent different groups: administrators, classroom teachers, youth leaders, PE teachers, nurses, food service, community members and families.

Develop a team vision:

Brainstorm the team’s wellness dream and then write a short memorable statement describing the dream.
Vision example: A school/youth program that provides a healthy environment with consistent messages that guide learning and opportunities for practicing healthy lifestyle choices; and connects with families and the community to expand the messages and healthy choices everywhere kids go.

Share the team vision and develop awareness:

Identify ways to let others know of the vision through newsletters, Web site and word of mouth.
1. Use “talking points” for healthy eating and physical activity:
The needs (childhood obesity, poor eating and physical activity
habits of kids)
2. The benefits (improved academic potential, better attendance)
3. What you intend to accomplish (awareness and appeal for 6 healthy practices, and increased role-modeling)

Find wellness team resources at www.healthykidschallenge.com Enjoy taking wellness back to school this year!

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