The goal of the federal Smart Snack Standards is to promote a healthier school environment. We have several Pasco County Schools who are exceeding in this area. We would like to recognize the following schools for their efforts; Fox Hollow Elementary School’s Garden Club and Nutrition Wellness curriculum, T.E. Weightman Middle School’s JAM! Program, Gulf Trace Elementary School’s Sea Star Family Moves Program, Sunray Elementary School’s Girls Just Wanna Run Club, and Veterans Elementary School’s Weekly Wellness Tips featured on their news show. See below to read more about these outstanding programs.
Fox Hollow Elementary School
Second grade students were exposed to gardening and growing vegetables. At the end of the year parents were invited at night to pick the vegetables and bring them home. While Chef Ray made vegetable side dishes available for their consumption.
Nutrition wellness taught every Tuesday as part of the curriculum and in classrooms on a by request basis. All aspects of nutrition and wellness.
T. E. Weightman Middle School
JAM is Just a Minute of Exercise originally created by Patricia Friberg in California to get students up out of their seats for a minute a day. This is my 2nd year where I take students and faculty all over campus and record them doing physical activity. Then I edit the film, implement captions, and add music. The new JAM’s are created weekly and played right after the TV morning announcements. Students are asked to get up during the JAM in their classrooms and participate.
Gulf Trace Elementary School
Sea Star Family Moves
Monthly physical activity calendars are sent home with daily activities identified for the student and an adult family member to complete together. The activity is initialled by the adult after completion. At the end of the month calendars are returned, completed calendars are charted and incentives are given out. Incentives included items such as Frisbees and water bottles.
Girls Just Wanna Run Club
After school program, consisting of grades 3-5 females that focused on self esteem, setting goals and getting healthy. Culminating activity was a huge community based 5K at Anclote High School, celebrating all the girl’s hard work and achievement in running and wellness.
Is something healthy going on at your school? Please send pictures and a short summary to firstname.lastname@example.org to have your school recognized!
Julie Hedine, Director
Food & Nutrition Services