Schools, Counties to Celebrate Healthy Living

September 23, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia public schools are helping kids eat better and exercise more through the West Virginia Department of Education’s Healthy Eating and Activity Teams and Tactics project (HEATT).

West Virginia turned up the HEATT with $348,537 it received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition Training Grant program. Now, nearly two years later, 33 HEATT schools will share their successes with a displays, posters and interactive activities during a celebration gathering, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 at the Bridgeport Conference Center.
HEATT involves training and support for multidisciplinary teams, including foodservice staff; school-based activities designed to empower students to make healthy choices; a parent/school newsletter; and a resource for all elementary and middle schools that will feature healthy and nutritious school parties.
Barbour, Cabell, Clay, Doddridge, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Harrison, Kanawha, Lincoln, McDowell and Mingo counties were chosen based upon proposals submitted to the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition. Three schools from each county, representing elementary, middle and high school students, each received $4,500. 
“Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle lead to solid academic success that will continue throughout a student’s lifetime,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Building a healthy lifestyle should start at an early age at school and at home.”
For more information, contact the Office of Child Nutrition at (304) 558-2708 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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