Wellness Meeting 3-22-17
Channon, Michelle and Sue went to 3 day conference on Wellness.
Update on monthly runs.
Thank you Lizzy for continuing to change our wellness boards.
Melinda to update on Arbor Day April 14th.
Sue: Information gathered from 3 day wellness conference revealed many health educators are using The My Plate Curriculum, in younger grades.
Michelle: Per research, test scores are up in schools that serve healthy lunches.
Sue: Natick Superintendent spoke at conference to show his support for increase in exercise for students. He
stressed that statistics show that students perform better in school with a healthy/increased balance of physical activity. They organized a morning bike club at the high school where 75 kids are participating. The school district also offers an extra fitness elective for middle school students which runs for 60 days straight (in addition to physical education time).
Michelle: Shape America - has research on benefits of recess and time on learning.
Sue: We are planning to put together a slide show for staff to share what we learned.
Sue: Shared at one of the conference break out sessions that using language that is more gender neutral is important in today's world.
Michelle: Is looking into alternative dates for monthly runs as there was a conflict with original proposed dates.
Melinda: Will work with Stuart Fuller as he has seedlings to give to each student to take home for April 14th Arbor Day. More details to come from Melinda soon.
Gina: May 18th a kitchen audit will take place.
Sara: Continues with healthy tips on our TV in main lobby. Most recently during one of her classes made a commercial on how to make deodorant with 2 ingredients found in your kitchen. Class was receptive to this activity.
Nicole: Update on recent SBIRT screening. Reviewed universal screening what it is and other details of reporting to state.
Agenda and Minutes 1-25-2017
*School Lunch: Time For Lunch
*Monthly Run Walks: Michelle and Channon
*SBIRT New State Mandate:
Melinda R. Defeo
*Agata Rodregues & Lillie Cabral (students) requested to speak at Wellness meeting regarding possibility of having outdoor gymnastic equipment and/or having it incorporated into the school somehow. Mr. Stevens suggested the girls bring this to the wellness committee for further discussion.
Our committee suggested a few resources outside of school such as Rise Dance Studio, Spindrift Dance Studio, acro class's and the gymnastic center in West Tisbury that have trained individuals and correct equipment to teach such activities. Girls will speak to their parents and explore these options. There is a safety component and concern doing this in the school setting without the proper equipment and trained professionals.
* Nicole asked group for input about lunch time. One of the Island Grown Schools committee members has reached out to look at school lunch times. Our schools currently allows for 20 minutes but realized other schools may have less time. Our school also tries to have recess first when scheduling allows. Nicole brought this to the committee to share and get our thoughts as a smaller sub committee will be formed by IGS.
*Michelle and Channon discussed how to implement monthly runs.
Proposed dates are as follows:
February 17th Healthy Heart Run
March 17th St Patrick’s Day Run
April 14th (Name to be decided)
May 12th May Madness Run
Lizzy will advertise runs on bulletin boards.
Michelle & Channon will email teachers dates. Run is voluntary and will take place during a Friday AM meeting time slot starting at 8:35 - 8:50
*SBIRT is a new Massachusetts State mandate which will be implemented in conjunction with other 7th grade health screenings that the school nurse performs. Letters have gone home to parents to inform them of this new screening. A brief discussion will take place with the 7th graders Friday February 10th during life skills class. Any questions please ask Nicole.
Notes from our Wellness Committee Meeting on November 30, 2016
* Shared that Brooke Ward will be our new student representative
* Michelle discussed the initiative of a monthly walk/run during advisory
for 15 minutes. The group talked about this being a voluntary monthly
activity for homerooms. Michelle would contact the Edgartown Police in
advance and emails would go out to staff with timely reminders. Here
are some thoughts about event names/timing. This idea will align with
the Wellness Committee Goals (community building around wellness)
and some goals from our Physical Education Department.
- Jingle Bell Run - December
- Valentine Run/Walk - February
- Saint Patricks Day Run/Walk - March
- Bunny Hop (or Egg Run) - April
- March to the Sea - May
- Field Day - Run/Walk prior to days events
* Family Wellness Dance - Suggestion of a mid winter event. The school could provide
soup and parents could bring salads and bread. We discussed having a square dance
theme or a line dancing theme with parents, children and teachers. If we could not
get a "volunteer caller" could the PTA fund the caller position for the night. The other
thought was to give families two choices....yoga...or dancing. Still to be decided.
* Gina shared an idea that was from "My Plate" website suggesting inside movement
games and activities that the students can do when they have indoor recess.
(for example - indoor hopscotch)
* Sarah suggested we do a health/nutrition tip on the lobby monitor every month.
We have done this in the past and all agreed it would be great to reinvent this idea.
* Posters that Tess Temple worked on where so great. Lets get them out again and
make sure we utiiize them again this year for parent information in the lobby.
Welcome back Wellness Committee 2016-17 school year
This Years Active Members:
Nicole Barlett: School Nurse
Sue Costello: Health and Enrichment Teacher
Michelle Pikor: Physical Education
Channon Capra: Physical Education
Gina Debettencourt: Head Cook
Sarah Vail: Family & Consumer Science
Elizabeth Ward: Parent Representative
1. Bike to School Day October 5th, Rain date October 6th
2. Next years Health Fair Looking for new Ideas and input from wellness group.
3. Disseminating parent information about health and wellness
Sue Costello discussed plans and date for Bike to School day. In the past this has been a successful event. The group engaged in further discussion on benefits of exercise and how this affects mood and over all health/well being. Flyers have been posted throughout the school and an email blast was sent to parents. After school offering for walking club did not get good response however, will plan to offer again during this school year.
Regarding Future Ideas for Health Fair which is a part of our schools open house:
Disseminating Parent and student information about health and wellness: First the committee is seeking a student representative who will commit to attending the committee meetings held every other month. Parent Rep Elizabeth Ward has offered to take over preparing bulletin boards in the nurses office, across from nurses office, and upstairs outside the family and consumer science room. The boards will display a health theme for example the nurse's office will have information regarding a variety of health tips in which students can work toward for optimal learning. We are thrilled Elizabeth has joined this committee. Please see attached picture
Sarah Vail: expressed interest in sending out occasional email blasts to parents with links on topics committee is interested in sharing. The goal here to to help parents understand the importance of overall health and how this can link to the child's ability to learn.
Sue Costello: Continue positive messaging on lobby screen as well as in cafeteria in the napkin holders which are on each table. Nicole will email Gail Gardner to see if she would like to incorporate having students retrieve healthly messages and pictures from computer class.
Channon Capra: explained benefits of physical activity and time on learning. Would like to explore ways to incorporate more school runs like the jingle bell run throughout the school year. One thought was to have a monthly run to build a sense of community that shows we value health and fitness. Sue also mentioned the possibility of linking these wellness events as part of potential fundraising opportunity for our Island community.
Melinda shared importance of messaging around food. For example, less about calories and more about how the food makes the person feel. Did the food give you energy or did the food make you feel sluggish. Melinda enjoys showing the nourish video series with Sue during health.
Agenda for 3-23-16 meeting:
Group agreed we can utilize wellness kit when sending out wellness info on a variety of health topics to teachers and parents. If you were not able to make the meeting and would like to preview this resource please come see me.
Healthy rewards: Group would like to collaborate with student council and work on coming up with a procedure for non-food rewards which will also follow our wellness policy. For example, recent food drive: classroom that donates most can goods for food pantry gets to visit food pantry, have lunch at Anchors with elderly, or gets extra recess time. Wellness committee encourages student council to work on ideas and will help group get word out to school community.
Linking health and academics: Research links better test results with increased Physical activity most likely result of more blood flow to the brain improving perfusion. Overall studies conclude physical activity, proper nutrition, and healthy body weight improve student academic achievement. Wellness group supports continued efforts to reach out to teachers and Parents on variety of health issues. Upcoming topics to include info on ticks, sun safety (which is also covered in health class). Will do this through emails, screen in main lobby, health fair, student council, and opportunities to share at school events.
All members where asked to read wellness policy and bring highlighted comments or areas of question etc... to next meeting set for Monday November 23rd 3-4pm.
Next Wellness meeting meets Nov 23rd which is a Monday.
Nicole will send out reminder email to staff re upcoming Halloween and wellness policy. Also Sue Sanford will speak to PTA re choosing non food items for PTA Halloween party.
Melinda will find out if or when Fed Up for kids is coming out. Committee would like to offer a parent/kids night to show this film in January or March.
Anne suggested a long term goal for committee could be implementing gardens (even a small one) at students homes.
Sue Mercier from IWYC could not attend this meeting but was invited and has accepted to attend the Nov 23rd meeting.
Nicole has asked Darren to share minutes so all can view. Not sure where this is going but will let you all know after Darren and I meet.
Nancy Nash suggested promoting go to foods to display on screen in Lobby for October's National health and wellness week ( Nicole will check in with Darren about doing this). Last year the committee had blurbs about sugar and effects of for example see pic below. I think we all loved Nancy's idea to come at this from a positive instead of a negative:
The group as a whole feels that health and wellness especially around nutrition and exercise has permeated throughout our school. A few examples of this are as follows: Michelle offers before school exercise to upper grade students, Gina has gone above and beyond state nutrition law for competitive foods and beverages sold in the cafeteria, Nancy has made sure her class room is nut free. She implemented this as a risk reduction strategy which follows the DOE, NASN, Ma DPH, & FAAN. Sue Costello leads our back to school health fair and implements nutrition lessons during health class's. This is a brief description of what is happening not to mention the tons of work Melinda has done building our school garden from a baby to what it has become is truly noteworthy to say the least. I could go on and on. Thank you lastly to our admin who have supported us through this process.