- Chamberlain School Health Council Changes the Scene
Chamberlain School Health Council Changes the Scene
According to the 2011-12 School Height and Weight Report
, schools in Education Service Agencies (ESA) 3 and 5 have the highest rate for Overweight and Obese Body Max Index Combined. (40.1% and 43.6% respectively)
ESA’s reflect public, private, and tribal schools located in specific geographic areas within the state. As shown on the ESA map
, the Chamberlain School District is located within ESA 3.
With support from Coordinated School Health’s Building Healthy Schools Project (BHS), the Chamberlain School District developed a school health council whose primary purpose is to implement effective programs, policies and practices related to physical activity and nutrition, as well as tobacco-use prevention and HIV prevention.
During the course of the three year BHS project, the Chamberlain School Health Council has:
• Contracted with Lunchtime Solutions to provide school food services that meet the changing expectation for fresh and healthy food.
• Removed soda pop from all vending machines and replaced them with healthier selections such as milk, water, and 100% fruit juices.
• Equipped the health classroom with 2 spinner bikes, 2 elliptical bikes and 2 recumbent exercise bikes. The location of the equipment allows students easy access.
• Allowed elementary, middle school and high school physical education staff to attend a SPARK Physical Education Workshop. SPARK PE is an evidence-based physical education curriculum and a successful model for combating childhood obesity.
• Received a coordinated package of the highly active SPARK physical education curriculum specific to each grad span, access to the SPARKfamily.org website, follow-up support, and discounts on content-matched equipment.
• Initiated a staff-wellness plan to include an on-line activity tracking tool. Staff receive incentives for performance and involvement.
Coordinated School Health in the Departments of Education and Health assists 6 school districts (Chamberlain, Miller, Mitchell, Wolsey-Wessington, White River and Wagner) to develop and enhance a school health council in their district through the Building Healthy Schools Project .
For more information about these activities and the Building Healthy Schools Project contact Coordinated School Health staff at (605) 773-3261.