Our focus on improving the health of our students
Alliance For A Healthier Generation
Many Hall County Schools are participating in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. It provides a framework of criteria focused on improving the health of students and decreasing the prevalence of childhood obesity by coordinating efforts among parents, school staff, and students. The program targets various health related policies and procedures in schools, such as employee and student wellness, physical and health education, and of course school nutrition.
The program also has three tiers: bronze, silver, and gold. As schools progress toward “Gold Status” they adopt increasingly stringent health policies that build upon the previous tiers.
The following are some of the criteria that must be met at each level:
Bronze– Half of all grains at breakfast and lunch must be whole grains A different fruit is served every day for lunch Offer at least 5 different, non-fried fruits or vegetables every day at lunch
Silver– Conduct annual taste tests with students All salad dressings must contain less than 80 calories per serving, and servings must be portion controlled Offer non-fried fish at least once each week Schools offer no dessert, or only Alliance approved desserts
Gold– ALL grains offered at lunch and breakfast are whole grains Absolutely no fried products are offered for school meals Starchy vegetables (corn, potatoes, and green peas) are limited to one cup per week Schools offer at least one low-fat entrée daily(less than 12g total fat, and 4.5g saturated fat) Schools only offer lean protein products (less than 10g total fat and 4.5g saturated fat)
for more information about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, visit thier website at: https://www.healthiergeneration.org/
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A study funded by the Sodexho Foundation reviewed the findings of two decades of scientific research that assessed the value of school breakfast programs.
NPR issued this story on Morning Edition on February 26, 2009. Visit their website (or click the link above) to see how exercise can be incorporated into lessons taught in the classroom.
Some examples were:
Some studies have shown that incorporating movement into the classroom improves student focus and attention.
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Pediatrics, Vol. 121, April 2008 (www.pediatrics.org)