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  • Healthy EatingAt Warsaw School District

  • Local Wellness TipsAll foods made available on school campuses should offer children nutritious choices.Physical activity should be incorporated into the schoolday as often as possible.A healthy, physically active child is more likely to be academically successful.

  • What we always want to know . . .Where is this coming from?

    Why do we have to do this?

    Goals set by our committee:Promote student healthReduce student obesityFacilitate student learning of lifelong healthy habitsIncrease student achievement

  • Points addressed by committeeMissouri Eat Smart Nutritional GuidelinesPhysical activitiesInterject activitiesBe creativekeep them movingRecess before lunchRecess not withheld as punishmentMeal times Community involvementFamily involvement

  • Missouri Eat Smart Nutritional GuidelinesSet level of acceptance for each componentSchool mealsA la carteVendingAfter school

  • School mealsIncrease fresh fruit/vegetable offeringsSample days (introduce new foods)Introduced oatmeal bar at breakfast (use leftover oatmeal in cakes, muffins, cookies to add grains)Add fruit & nuts to old recipes (slaw, salads, desserts)Use whole wheat flour in recipesServe whole wheat breads and buns in place of white

  • A la carte & vendingRevamped offeringsbaked chipsWhole grain choicesLow fat yogurtFresh fruitFlavored watersJuicesAdded soup to salad bar

  • After school/party snacksThe committee stressed offering healthy choices at these activities.

    Information was provided to sponsors and parents regarding the Local Wellness purpose.

    Handouts on alternative treat ideas

  • Healthy Habitat=Healthy HabitsPainted the new pyramid on the cafeteria wall to encourage students to eat healthier.

    Install a wall file system beneath the food pyramid where pamphlets endorsing healthy eating habits and food guidelines could be kept for students.

    Bulletin boards in all cafeterias to promote healthy eating themes throughout the year.

    Playing music during the lunch period to create a pleasant atmosphere

    Having story time during meals for elementary children

  • Involve the students & staffFACS class did group projects on school nutritionFACS class presented nutrition information to grade school classesWorking on FACS classes serving Special Meal to a table of students at the middle & elementary levelsStudents at different grade levels make suggestions for school food service improvementsTeachers reward students with physical activity/prizes rather than candyTeachers promote exercise within the school day (mark lesson plans with PA to show physical activity)Teachers email me when they add a new physical activity

  • University Extension Classes300 nutrition classes per year offered at no cost to the district

    Early Childhood through 12th grade receive nutrition information from our Nutrition Program AssistantContact your local University Of Missouri Extension office

  • Other student suggestionsOther images that could be painted on the cafeteria walls includeWarsaw Wildcat eating healthy food Healthy, fit image (animal or human) eating healthy foods while standing next to an unhealthy, out of shape image. Images of healthy foods from each food group

    The current tables in the cafeteria do not provide back support for the students and staff.

    Added canopy to snack bar to give a caf appearance.

    Improve the aesthetic value of the cafeterias with school colors and paw prints.

  • School wide promotionsClass pedometer challengeMorning workouts at South SchoolW.A.R. Walking And Reading at Middle SchoolBenton County Fitness ChallengesBiggest losers challengeLimited T.V. time5 a day challenge (Faculty kick off)Practice 2 fitness categories per day

  • Community/Family InvolvementBenton County Health Dept. Fitness challengesFall-Shape Up MissouriSpring-Get Fit by the Numbers! Exercise & Diet Newspaper articlesFamily Fun nightsDistrict NewslettersParents as Teachers Newsletters/visitsRadio ProgramsWarsaw Trails Project & Safe Routes to SchoolsBlue Ribbon Health Summit

  • Family InvolvementParents As Teachers NewslettersNewspaper articlesFamily Fun nightsDistrict NewslettersHealth Handouts to promote health snacks and sack lunches

  • . . .whatever it takes to teach students how to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • WARSAW R-IX LOCAL WELLNESS PLANLocal Wellness must be the focus of all with our childrens welfare as our goal

    A healthy, physically active child is more likely to be academically successful.