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March 21, 2014

Oregon School Wellness Award Winners Announced

Three Oregon schools recognized for strong wellness programs

(Salem, Ore)
– Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today announced that Crescent Valley High School (Corvallis School District), Lincoln Elementary (Corvallis School District), and Lynch View Elementary (Centennial School District) are the 2014 recipients of the Oregon School Wellness Awards. This is the seventh year of the awards which recognize outstanding school wellness programs around the state that creatively and effectively promote healthy student behavior.

“Student health and student learning are inextricably linked,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “These schools understand that vital connection and have created school environments that support and encourage student, staff, and family health through a focus on good nutrition, physical activity, and overall wellness. I want to congratulate Crescent Valley High School, Lincoln Elementary, and Lynch View Elementary for this well-deserved recognition.”

The Oregon Department of Education is joined in recognizing these schools by the Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council which serves as the Title Sponsor for these awards. Each award recipient receives a $2,500 cash prize, a banner, and a certificate of recognition to be presented at local school celebrations later this spring.

“Healthy students are better students,” said Anne Goetze, Director of Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council. “Research shows that improved nutrition, daily breakfast, and increased physical activity can lead to improved academic performance. These schools are examples of what is possible when our students, staff, and communities truly embrace health and wellness as a tool to support student success.”

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 above and beyond the policy to improve student health.

Click here PDF for more information on the 2014 Oregon School Wellness Award recipients.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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