Wellness At Spencer School

 

Student Nutrition and Physical
Activity

The Middletown Public Schools strives to make significant contributions to the general well being, mental, and physical capacity and learning ability of all students, affording them the opportunity to participate fully in the educational process. The Board of Education promotes healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. The District supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of children.

The Board of Education is committed to:

A. Providing a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors.

B. Supporting and promoting proper dietary habits that contribute to the health status and academic performance of each student.

C. Providing continuing opportunities for students to engage in physical activity.

D. Supporting the District's commitment to improving academic performance in all students.

E. Ensuring that healthy eating and physical activity will be actively promoted to students, teachers, administrators, andthe community at registration, PTO/PTA meetings, Open Houses, Health Fairs, teacher in-services, etc.

Please go to http://www.middletownschools.org/ and scroll down to Board of Education policies for a complete description of this policy 6142.101(a) in the Instruction section.

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Wellness Newsletter #1

 

Dear Parents,

The start of the new school year is a wonderful thing! Not only are kids back in school, there's a feeling of newness in the air and readiness to make new routines and start new habits. This school year, we're going to talk each month about healthy habits and how to help your kids to make wellness a part of their daily routine. We hope that these columns will give you some ideas about how to make healthy choices a part of your family's life and that we might give you some good information about what's important for your child's health, including what kids need to learn effectively.

One of the things that kids need in order to learn effectively and have a good school year, obviously, is food, and not just any food-power food! Power food is high-energy, nutrition-filled food that helps kids get through a long school day, after-school activities, and homework without falling asleep, getting cranky, or whirling around like a tornado. Power food means fruits and vegetables, cereals without added sugar (like Kix or Cheerios), whole-wheat or whole-grain breads, skim or 1% milk, small portions of meats like chicken without skin or lean luncheon meats, and lots of water or other liquids that aren't sugary. Juice, sugary cereals, soda, cookies or crackers, fried foods, and candy aren't power food-they won't keep kids active and learning for nearly as long-and they sometimes make kids hyper, or cranky because they're low on fuel.

Parents, you might know that power food is important, but how can you convince your kid to "eat that healthy stuff"? First things first, remember, there's no such thing as "bad food"-you can be sure that if you say that something is a "bad food" that your kids will definitely want to eat it! Second, realize it's really hard for any of us to try to deny ourselves the non-power foods: they taste good, right? Don't fight it-you'll likely lose if you try and flat-out ban sugar or fried foods from your kid's diet. The best equation for success really simple; add power food first, and don't subtract out non-power food. So tell your kids that sure, they can have some of the sugary cereal, soda, and French fries that they want, but FIRST they need to eat their whole grain toast, low-fat milk, or salad. Chances are that they will eat far less of the non-power food, and will get all the nutrients they need to help them play with their friends or do their homework. They may even grow to like power food best, especially if you are persistent and keep offering new foods frequently (remember, most kids need to try a new food 3 times before they decide they like it or not). Most importantly, they'll get the right idea what food is really for-energy! For more information on power foods, go check out the food pyramid at http://www.mypyramid.gov/, where you can find lots of great information on food choices and staying active.

Tarayn Fairlie, MD, MPH Wendy Phillips, MFT

Family Medicine, Middlesex Hospital Marriage & Family Therapist