Students at Weddington Middle School in Matthews, NC are starting off some school days with yoga. According to the article, "It’s called 'Moga,' or middle school yoga. Students practice breathing, relaxation, even meditation."
The New York Times article Reading, Math and Sushi:
Cooking as a Health Lesson describes a successful nonprofit program that reaches 50,000 children in four states. The Wellness in Schools program "which aims to teach public school students about healthful eating and fitness, partners with chefs . . . to develop nutritious recipes children are excited about trying. . . .The goal is not to try to make kids eat food that they won’t like but to make things they already like healthier, and to instill an interest in cooking fresh, healthy food that carries over to the way the children eat at home."
Topics: healthy choices
Does your district or school have a wellness program? School employees in many districts across the country enjoy these programs that include things such as telemedicine service, tobacco cessation programs, disease management information, healthy aging classes, basketball leagues, running and walking clubs, and even financial management classes.
A recent article in The Denver Post praised Aurora, Colorado for "successfully implementing five nutrition, education and wellness goals in two years." The five categories focus on early childhood education options, increasing healthy food choices at city-owned eateries, creating more public places for children to play, and offering nutritional meal programs for children.
Happy Valentine's Day from ActivEd! This day is all about love and hearts, so we're focusing on heart health. Here are some dietary recommendations from the American Heart Association to share with your students and their families.