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School Partnership

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. 

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Last updated July 26, 2019