Health and Wellness
Adams 12 Five Star Schools believes the health and well-being of our students needs to be a priority. The childhood obesity statistics are frightening, and with obesity comes the risk of type 2 diabetes, asthma, joint problems, high blood pressure, depression, and low self-esteem. We want to be part of the solution to these problems, along with parents and the community.
To support the health and well-being of all students, Adams 12 Five Star Schools has adopted a District-wide Wellness Policy. To view this Superintendent Policy, click here.
The "Wellness, Physical Activity and Nutritional Procedures" can be found here. This document provides ideas for implementing and/or supporting the Wellness Policy.
How are Adams 12 schools actually doing with implementing the Wellness Policy and wellness-related strategies?? Check out the results from the 2012-2013 Health and Wellness Assessment.
Here are some ways Adams 12 schools are instilling healthier habits in their students:
- Silver Creek Elementary has teamed up with Fuel Up to Play 60 to form a student wellness team and bring in Miles, the Mascot of the Denver Broncos, for an awesome assembly about healthy nutrition!! Check out these videos!
- Arapahoe Ridge Elementary was our first winner of the "Golden Sneaker Award" for the 2013-2014 school year! Their main focus is the development of a school garden. All students will have the opportunity to participate in the garden, with links to school curriculum at all grade levels. This garden will provide a learning environment, teaching students nutrition lessons that foster a healthy lifestyle!
- Wednesday October 9th was International Walk or Bike to School Day. We had great participation in our Adams 12 communities especially in schools sponsoring events! Some schools that participated were Cherry Drive Elementary, Skyview Elementary, Prarie Hills Elementary, and Tarver Elementary! Let's try to make walking and biking to school an everyday event!
- Centennial Elementary received a "Team Nutrition Grant" from the Colorado Department of Education and used the funds to paint a food guide pyramid mural in the cafeteria, order nutritional books for the library, and purchase healthy food posters throughout the school. Children at school started to become aware of what they were eating and the impact food had on their health!
- Cherry Drive Elementary holds a “Wellness Adventure” on Halloween every year with several health-related stations put on by community organizations. Stations include walking safety, gymnastics, dental health, yoga and mental health, nutrition, social emotional health, and a pumpkin fun run!
- Meridian Elementary has incorporated a Mileage Club where students as well as staff track running/walking laps to earn prizes and learn about health. As of October 10th, the school has racked up 2,480 miles since September 13th!! Way to go!
- Coronado Hills Elementary received a grant to begin a beautiful school garden! In May, the school held an official "groundbreaking" ceremony, including an introduction to the crops being planted and a special gift of earthworms from the 4th graders to improve the health of the soil.
- Over 1,000 Adams 12 staff participated in Kaiser's Thrive Across America physical activity challenge.
- Skyview Elementary hosted an evening healthy cooking event for parents and students. A chef and registered dietitian teamed up to provide nutrition education, healthy recipes, and even sampling of new foods. Kale chips and spinach fruit smoothies were a hit
- Leroy Drive Elementary received a grant to begin The 100 Mile Club, a program that challenges all students to run, jog or walk 100 miles over the course of the school year.
- STEM Launch K-8 held Learning at Home Nights throughout the school year. These nights combined nutrition, math and reading by using healthy recipes to reinforce math and reading skills.
- Arapahoe Ridge Elementary held their first Fun Run Fundraiser...and raised $11,000!
- Malley Drive Elementary hosted a "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" night for all families to attend. Different activities were spread throughout the school and the night end with a bicycle raffle!
Is your school doing something to encourage health and wellness?? Email Antonio Ricciardi, District Wellness Coordinator, at Antonio.Ricciardi@adams12.org with your school's success story so it can be shared with the district!
This section contains resources and tips for creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Is there a health-related topic that you're interested in learning more about? If so, email Antonio Ricciardi, School Wellness Coordinator, at Antonio.Ricciardi@adams12.org with the topic you'd like to see featured in a future Wellness Corner.