Leading the Way with Schools…
Evidence indicates that physical activity and improved
nutrition in schools can increase focus and attention, decrease discipline
problems, improve attendance, boost academic achievement, and improve the
health of students. Furthermore, teachers and other school employees are role
models for students. School employees who are interested in their own health
are more likely to promote healthy behaviors and practices to students, who are
then more likely to engage in health-promoting activities themselves.
Schools are a captive audience for both youth, adults and
the surrounding community. It’s a win for all!
Our regional team, with expertise in education and health
promotion, are assisting, empowering, supporting, educating and creating
positive systems within qualifying school districts and surrounding communities
to put healthier food and physical activity within reach.
Wellness Policy Work: Work with school nurses, school wellness
committees, and/or parent teacher organizations of qualifying schools to
establish and/or reinforce school nutrition and obesity prevention
policies focusing on healthy eating and active lifestyles.
Wellness Committee Sustainability: The ESNY team brings best
practices to the table to assist in forming, facilitating and/or
strengthening district based and school based wellness teams.
Professional Development: Provide education to school staff
including administration, food service, and teachers about changes in
policy, system and environment that can make a healthier community. This
includes Smarter Lunchroom Movement, Fundraising, Staff Wellness Brain
Breaks (Physical Activity), along with other topics.
Resources: Offer materials, create resource binders, provide guidelines
and policy recommendations, as well as share grant opportunities to
qualifying schools to facilitate changes in the district and/or building.
Food Programs & Food Insecurity: Encourage school and
student participation in Federal food and nutrition assistance programs.
I.e. National School Lunch Program, Breakfast Program and Summer Food
Service Programs. Encourage schools and communities to work together to
improve the quality of food provided for snacks during after school
programing as well as facilitate links to improve the quality and reach of
Food Back Pack Programs
Nutrition & Wellness Education: Provide thirty to ninety
minute interactive, age appropriate workshops for families, and after
school programs on topics such as Enjoying
Healthy Food That Tastes Great, Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks, Eating Healthy on a Budget, Tips for
Losing Weight and Keeping It Off, Making Healthy Eating Part of Your Total
Lifestyle and Physical Activity Is the
- Key to Living Well.
Last updated May 23, 2019