BE WELL: Schools

Children spend the majority of their waking hours at school where they consume 30 - 60 percent of their daily calories. Schools can, therefore, be a champion in encouraging kids to eat healthy and stay active now, which helps them develop healthy habits that will serve them later in life. Not only does this make for healthier kids (and future adults), but it also helps them to be better learners, through improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

BE WELL partners with schools by focusing on the following healthy school best practices, which become the backbone of a comprehensive and sustainable healthy school environment:

* Form a wellness committee
* Complete or update a school health assessment
* Develop or update an action plan
     * NEW School Partners: Apply for BE WELL funding
     * RETURNING Partners: Apply for BE WELL funding.
     Applications for SY2017-18 due December 31, 2017.
* Implement and evaluate
* Update your wellness policy accordingly
* Sustain efforts

For more information about and local examples for the initiatives described below, view the Healthy School Fundamentals document.

Active Schools

Active Schools Minnesota
* Why Active Schools Matter
Moving Matters: A School Implementation Toolkit from Active Schools Minnesota, an initiative of the MN Department of Education and the MN Department of Health

Healthy School Food

* Why Healthy School Meals Matter
Active School Initiatives
* Quality Physical Education
* Physical Activity during the School Day
* Active Classrooms
     - Let's Get Moving!
* Active Recess
* Physical Activity Before/After School, including Safe Routes to School

Healthy School Food Initiatives

* Farm to School
* Smarter Lunchrooms / A la carte
* Salad Bars to Schools
* Healthy Snacks outside of the school day, including concessions, fundraising, etc.
* Healthy Snacks during the school day, including snack carts, classroom rewards or celebrations, and healthy beverages
* School-based Agriculture
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For more information
To learn more about what BE WELL is doing in Blue Earth County, including how to partner with us in making our communities healthier places to live, feel free to contact us.
Kristen Friedrichs, MA
(507) 304-4411

Gretchen Bohl
(507) 304-4450
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To learn more about what SHIP is doing in the rest of Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health SHIP webpage.