- Unfiltered Reality Group Educates Leaders
- Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls has Healthier Children
- Colman-Egan School to Sponsor Health Extravaganza
Unfiltered Reality Group Educates Leaders
Unfiltered Reality, a youth group from Mitchell School District, did a presentation called Sweet Deceptions at the 2011 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute. Participants were surprised to learn how the tobacco industry is advertising to children. Products are wrapped similar to candy wrappers, cell phones, chap sticks and hand gels. Information was shared about smoking alternatives and the health hazards involved.
Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls Has Healthier Children
Hawthorne Elementary is involved with the FFVP (Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program) and it has “made our children healthier,” says Cheryl Larson, Principal of Hawthorn Elementary. Not only do they have the FFVP program, but Cheryl Larson also has a partnership with Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls that has donated funds to provide an extra daily serving of milk for their students. Cheryl says, “I believe that the daily snack of fresh fruit or vegetables has provided a positive nutritional impact on their students’ health and wellness.” She also notes that achievement scores have been rising over the past three years.
Colman-Egan School to Sponsor Health Extravaganza
The Colman-Egan School held a Health Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 13 at the Colman-Egan School. The event was held as part of the grant awards from South Dakota Department of Education Team Nutrition and FUTP60/Midwest Dairy. The day featured a motivational wellness speaker, taste testing challenges, food sampling, informational health booths, physical activities and much more. Area college athletes assisted at the event.
Guest speaker, Tonya Schoenfelder, spoke during the health extravaganza. Tonya brought a unique and innovative approach to enhancing life balance and improving one's health. She combined a master’s degree in exercise physiology with 18 years experience creating hands-on stress management and wellness programs for kindergartners to adults. In the past year alone, she inspired over 4,000 people to create positive changes in their lives through wellness. She spoke to students, staff, parents and community members in four different sessions.
The Move & Crunch Grant focuses on a food tasting challenge between students and staff. All foods tasted during the challenge were a “South of the Border” theme. Foods used for the challenge were tomatoes, onions, and a variety of peppers, cucumbers, mangoes, avocados, corn, lemons, a variety of beans, and more. The Family Nutrition Adventure Grant was written for students and parents. Midwest Dairy Grant was written for physical education equipment, physical activities and incentives that were given away during the day. The focus on whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables was carried out throughout day.