Get involved in School Wellness
When my children entered elementary school I wanted to get involved and volunteer. Shortly, before school started one year I received an email that the school was going to have a wellness night and they wondered if any parents would be interested in presenting. I thought as I dietitian this would be a good fit for me. Fast forward 6 years later and I now co-chair wellness activities at the school for the parent wellness group.
Every local education agency or public school that participates in the school lunch program and/or the school breakfast program is required to have a wellness policy. It is encouraged that parents and community members are part of school wellness initiatives. The school my children attend include a wellness position on the parent board. The following are some of the wellness activities that we have provided:
Wellness Week- We choose a week in the spring and every day we focus on a different wellness initiative each day. The initiatives have included increasing movement, drinking more water, choosing new fruits and vegetables to try, decreasing use of tech devices, and encouraging mindfulness.
Wellness Night- This is a night that our school community can come together to learn about different ways to be well. We have invited community members to educate families on programs at parks, recreational centers, fitness opportunities, locations of farmer’s markets, recycling programs, safety, and healthy snack and lunch choices.
Home-cooked meal fundraisers- This last year we have started to prepare a limited number of home cooked meals to sell to families. Refer to my post on Fundraiser Bean Soup in the Instapot to learn more.
Fruit and Vegetable Samplings- We have tried to provide tastings of fresh fruits and vegetables at lunch time. This has been done in conjunction with a program that features local musicians who play live music at lunch. We will offer samples of seasonal fruits and vegetables while children are being entertained with music.
Supporting and providing healthy snack for school events- In the past we have organized volunteers to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain crackers, and cheese at different school wide events.
If any of these activities sound like something you would like to introduce to your child’s school I encourage you to find out what the school wellness policy is and find out if there is a need for parent volunteers to encourage wellness initiatives.