Food Day is on October 24, 2012. Food Day brings parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes together to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. Food Day has put together resources for schools. These resources will help build coalitions to work towards more healthy, locally-sourced options and increased food and nutrition education in your school district.
Teacher, Faculty, and Staff Wellness
Is your school working on Silver #2 or Platinum #3? Do you need more ideas on how you can create a fun Teacher, Faculty, and Staff wellness program at your school? Here are some ideas you may want to consider:
- Host a Holiday Weigh-In. Let staff weigh in and try to maintain or lose some weight over the holidays.
- Encourage staff to walk the Gold Medal Mile™ every morning – or have a faculty Walk-a-Thon to see which teacher can walk the most
- Have a contest to see which staff member can eat the most fruits and veggies over the next month
Healthy Halloween Treats, Non-Food Incentives
It’s time for the goblins, witches, and other scary creatures to make their way out of hiding. And nothing is scarier than planning a party for all of them. As you prepare your classroom party keep Gold Medal Schools in mind. Here are some ways to have a healthy Halloween party
- Instead of passing out candy try pencils, erasers, spider rings, or vampire teeth
- When planning your party ask parents to bring healthy food options such as apple slices or carrot sticks
- Have lots of fun games that get kids up and moving
- Encourage students to trick-or-treat in well lit areas and avoid homes of people they do not know
- Display posters with healthy food options
For more ideas check out this helpful party planner!
School Resource Guide
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) knows that throughout the course of a school day there is any number of challenges you are faced with regarding the health of your students. The Utah Department of Health offers many health resources for schools. To assist you in accessing these resources, a School Health Resources Guide has been created.
We know that kids who are active are more likely to have improved concentration, be more attentive, and earn higher grades. But, too many kids these days aren't getting the exercise and nutrition they need to stay fit.
To help with this, SelectHealth partnered with local school districts to create STEP Express. This free program helps 4th-grade students create healthier habits through classroom lesson plans, physical activities, and a fitness challenge. STEP Express follows the 4th-grade core curriculum and comes with PE equipment and prepared lesson plans.