25 Wellness Tips

We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.

Activate a wellness committee: Like many schools we have a student wellness committee, but I’ve heard we’re a lot more active than other districts. We try to meet at least twice a year but sometimes we meet up to four times. We discuss nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity. We assess our progress based on a campus assessment tool. In between meetings, I’ll send out surveys to see how things are going. After the second meeting I collect all of the data. I submit that data to the state, which requires progress information on our program. Then I talk about areas that we are going to work on in the district. Recently, the committee worked on implementing a K-Fit program for grades five, seven and nine. It tracks students’ physical activity throughout the year.

— Jill Funk, nutritionist, Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 

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