Fresh lunches only a part of district emphasis on wellness

Originally published May 6, 2019 in The Daily Sentinel.

By Katie Langford

School District 51 leaders are revamping their approach to student and staff wellness through better nutrition, new ideas to get active and more outreach to parents and families.

At the center of that effort is wellness coordinator Ayme Zortman, who taught physical education at Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School for 13 years. Read More

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Schools deliver on improving student wellness

Originally published Dec. 26, 2018 in the California Democrat.

By Liz Morales

The Missouri Consultants for Education recommend schools within the state do what they can to not only educate Missouri’s youth, but to keep them healthy while in school.

According to the MCE website, “research shows that good nutrition and physical education before and after school are correlated strongly with positive student outcomes.”  Read More

Public schools in EBR, others targeted for improved student nutrition

Originally published June 18, 2018 in The Advocate.

By Will Sentell

East Baton Rouge public schools will be among the targeted recipients for a $350,000 annual federal grant to improve student nutrition, physical activity and how to manage chronic health problems, state officials announced Monday afternoon.

EBR schools are among six districts statewide that will be prioritized by the state Department of Education and the state Department of Health. Read More