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3rd Edition of our Wellness Newsletter!  Read more below!

Pennridge School District Wellness Committee

Pennridge Elementary Schools Achieve HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award!


Congratulations to the seven elementary schools in the Pennridge School District for achieving the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge.  The USDA commends
our schools for the exemplary steps, leadership and teamwork employed to make changes to the schools' nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served;
provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and enhance the physical activity program.  To acknowledge their achievement, the schools will receive a
HealthierUS School Challenge award plaque and banner, and a $500 monetary award.  To learn more about the HealthierUS School Challenge, please visit the Team Nutrition website at

http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/healthierUS/index.html




 WHY DOES YOUR CHILD NEED BREAKFAST?

As many as 60% of parents say their kids skip breakfast.  Here are four reasons this is one meal they should never miss.

1. A morning meal helps kids do better in school, including improved reading and math test scores.
2. Breakfast eaters report less tardiness and fewer school absences and trips to the nurse's office.
3. A full tummy in the a.m. has been linked to better behavior in the classroom (less agression, more focus).
4. Starting the day on empty makes you more likely to overeat later, which can lead to obesity.

It all adds up

Exercise doesn't have to be done all at once.  Encourage your youngster to be active throughout the day--small amounts of time will add up!  In general, school-age children should get at least an hour of physical activity each day.  Here are some ways to put more exercise into your child's routine:
  • Have your child invite friends over for a backyard game of tag or capture the flag
  • Suggest jump roping for 10 minutes
  • Put on some music and dance together
  • Bike together to the library or a friend's house.   Note:  for safety, always wear a helmet and use sidewalks
  • When you do errands together, park far from the store to encourage more walking time
  • Take the steps rather than the elevator when you're out shopping

Remember, regular exercise will not only make your child healthier--it will help him or her to sleep better at night and be in better shape to learn and play all day!
Pennridge School District Applies for Farm to School Planning Grant

What is Farm to School?

 While individual farm to school programs are shaped by their unique community, geographic region, and scope, the term ‘farm to school’ is generally understood to include efforts that connect schools with local or regional farmers, food processors and manufacturers in order to serve local or regionally procured foods in school cafeterias. Bringing more locally sourced, fresh fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias is a seminal activity of many farm to school efforts; procuring locally sourced, minimally processed main meal items so that the entire school meal is representative of regional options is also a focus of many farm to school programs. Thus, USDA considers farm to school to be inclusive of many types of producers, such as farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, as well as many types of food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers, distributors and other value-added operations.
In addition to procurement activities, farm to school programs often include food, agriculture and nutrition-based educational efforts including standards-based curriculum and a whole host of hands-on experiential activities, such as school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes. For example, students might dissect vegetables in science class, run farm stands using school garden produce to learn business skills, or practice data visualization techniques using plant growth measurements, all contributing to a holistic approach to learning centered on food, agriculture and nutrition. To embed farm to school activities into school culture, promotional and outreach efforts often aim to keep farm to school activities front and center in both the school and broader community.
As the potential impact of farm to school programs is significant, sophisticated evaluation and impact assessments are routinely used to monitor progress toward goals. Ultimately, farm to school programs are believed to strengthen children’s and communities’ knowledge about, and attitudes toward, agriculture, food, nutrition and the environment; increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables; increase market opportunities for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers, and support economic development across numerous sectors.
The Nutritional Services Department has applied for a Planning Grant from the USDA to help the Pennridge School District incorporate farm to school program elements into our operation.

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