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Christine Miles, 503-947-5637

March 12, 2012

Oregon Schools Honored for Commitment to Wellness

Three Oregon schools receive 2012 Oregon School Wellness Awards

(Salem, Ore) - State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that Bonanza School (Klamath County School District), James John Elementary (Portland Public Schools), and John Muir School (Ashland School District) are recipients of the 2012 Oregon School Wellness Award.

“We know that good nutrition, exercise, and general health and wellness play a critical role in students’ ability to come to school ready to learn,” said State Superintendent Susan Castillo. “The staff and students at Bonanza, James John, and John Muir are shining examples of this commitment to student heath. Their wellness policies have contributed to more alert and involved students, a school culture of health and activity, and students ready and eager to learn.”

This is the fifth year that the Oregon Department of Education has formally recognized outstanding school wellness programs around the state. These award recipients have effectively implemented their districts’ wellness policies, are creatively promoting healthy student behavior, and are monitoring and evaluating their programs to meet all student needs. Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council is the title sponsor for this award and will provide each school with a $2,500 cash prize, a banner, and a certificate of recognition.

“Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council is pleased to join ODE in recognizing these three schools for their outstanding commitment to health and wellness,” said Anne Goetze, Director. “It is our hope that these schools will serve as a model for others around the state as we all work together to better support the health and vitality of our students, teachers, schools, and communities.”

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. These three schools are all excellent examples of schools doing just that.

For more information on the winning schools, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us//superintendent/priorities/school-wellness-award-2012-recipient-background.pdf PDF

The application and additional information for this award can be found at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3016.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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