Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bronx Health REACH Helps Schools Meet Federal Mandate with a New Professional Development Course

Last summer, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) passed a regulation requiring all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs establish a local school wellness policy.

Bronx Health REACH (BHR) understands that developing a wellness council alone is a challenging process — on top of everything else required of teachers and administrators throughout the year. BHR is making it easier than ever to reach wellness goals in school by offering a three-hour professional development course that helps the designated wellness representative learn all they need to know.

BHR will provide school wellness leaders with the skills, strategies, and knowledge to build wellness policies. The training, "Beyond the Champion: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Wellness Council and Healthier Culture," helps the school community understand the building blocks necessary for a successful wellness council. This training explains how to navigate the current federal school nutrition policies, implement sustainable school wellness policies that fit the school's culture and needs, and promote a consistent message about good nutrition and healthy eating beyond the cafeteria to include beverage and food marketing, healthy celebrations and fundraisers. The training also promotes non-food rewards.

At the end of the training, participants will leave with a wellness policy council toolkit with worksheets, resources and best practices for policy council development, policy writing, revising and implementation, and monitoring/evaluation of policies.

The training will be held on June 8th in the morning at P.S. 294 for all teachers and school nurses in Districts 7, 8, 9, & 12. Parent Coordinators and other school staff who intend to manage the wellness council are encouraged to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Click to RSVP for the Laying the Foundation for a Successful Wellness Council & Healthier School Culture seminar to be held on Thursday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A second training in Nutrition Education is offered in the afternoon for all participants. The course, "Integrating Nutrition Education and Food Literacy into the Classroom" is led by Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, MAEd, an accomplished nutrition education curriculum expert. In this course, Marissa teaches participants how to incorporate nutrition and food literacy into lessons that motivate students to adopt healthier eating habits. Participants will leave the course with a nutrition education toolkit and plenty of activities and lesson plans to adopt for classroom use.

Click to RSVP for the  Integrating Nutrition Education and Food Literacy Into the Classroom seminar to be held on Thursday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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