12 Schools To Lead The Change Toward Healthier Lifestyles

May 16, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Strong nutrition programs are important tools to improving student achievement and stemming unhealthy eating practices. This year, 12 West Virginia schools will be leading the change towards healthier lifestyles during the 2005-2006 school year. The schools were recipients for the West Virginia Team Nutrition Training Grants distributed by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).  

Because of their commitment to Team Nutrition Goals and their capacity to implement school-wide behavior-based changes, these schools will each receive an $8,333 mini-grant. These grants will provide training and technical assistance to foodservice professionals, promote nutrition education in the classroom and build school and community support for creating healthy school environments.  

The schools that were selected were: Clay County Middle School, Clay County; Clay County High School, Clay County; Greenbrier East High School, Greenbrier County; Capon Bridge Middle School, Hampshire County; Romney Middle School, Hampshire County; Bridgeport Middle and High School, Harrison County; Washington Irving Middle School, Harrison County; Elkview Middle School, Kanawha County; Guyan Valley High School, Lincoln County; Hamlin High School, Lincoln County; Summersville Junior High School, Nicholas County; and George Ward Elementary School, Randolph County.  

The schools were selected based upon a project application/proposal that identified the school-based needs expressed on the Team Nutrition Improvement Checklist; built upon past Team Nutrition success; and clearly identified actions that expand the depth or scope of changes to the nutrition environment.  

“This is just one of the many ways we are fighting the battle of the bulge,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Childhood obesity has come to an epidemic level in West Virginia and we are doing what we can in the schools to teach healthier lifestyles and good nutrition.”  

Each school must develop a plan of action that, at a minimum, includes: · conducting and documenting at least two behavior-based actions in of a healthy school nutrition environment; · developing a school nutrition policy and/or form or strengthening an active school nutrition or health council; and · sharing the school’s success by making presentation or providing training to other schools or local education groups, such as boards of education, school improvement councils or faculty senates.  

Childhood obesity has been in the national spotlight for several years, and many believe schools can set a more powerful example in leading the change toward good nutrition and active lifestyles.  

For more information about the mini-grants, contact Rick Goff, Executive Director for the WVDE Office of Child Nutrition, at (304) 558-2708.  




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