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March 12, 2011
Three Oregon Schools Recognized for Outstanding Student Wellness Programs
SALEM- State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that Garfield Elementary (Corvallis School District), Sabin Elementary (Portland Public Schools), and Willamina Elementary (Willamina School District) are recipients of the 2011 Oregon School Wellness Award.
“Garfield, Sabin, and Willamina educators understand the vital link between healthy living and learning,” State Superintendent Susan Castillo said. “They have proven that solid physical activity and nutrition programs can boost our students’ learning potential. Their wellness policies have contributed to reduced school absenteeism, more alert and involved students, and improved student performance and test scores.”
This is the fourth year that the Oregon Department of Education has formally recognized outstanding school wellness programs. These award recipients have effectively implemented their district’s wellness policies, are creatively promoting healthy student behavior, and are monitoring and evaluating their programs to meet all student needs. Child nutrition programs provide healthy meals to promote learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors. Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council is the title sponsor, and will provide each school with a $2,500 cash prize and a certificate of recognition.
“Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council is pleased to support the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders for their exemplary work in implementing school wellness policies in Oregon,” said Anne Goetze, Director. “We applaud ODE for initiating this award to recognize the work of schools to improve nutrition and physical activity. We hope these schools will inspire others and the health of Oregon's children will benefit further,” Goetze said.
School Wellness Policies are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from school districts receiving federally-funded school meals. These School wellness policies set goals for school-based activities that promote healthy eating, daily physical activity, and other wellness behaviors. Individual schools must implement the district policy but can also go beyond the policy to improve student health.
Criteria of Selection for the Oregon School Wellness Award:
The application and additional information for this award can be found at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3016
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