Houston Independent School District Spotlight on Wellness

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"Health Coaches" Seek Small But Important Wellness Improvements

Wellness efforts at HISD are getting a boost, thanks to more than 70 HISD educators who are participating in Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools' new "Health Coaches" program. These outstanding wellness champions from across the district have begun implementing a "blueprint" of wellness activities at the building level, including Fuel Up to Play 60.

Chavez High School students tour HISD's Food Service Support Facility

Students from Chavez High School recently toured HISD's Food Service Support Facility and while there, shared ideas for promoting healthy eating. This visit continues the trend toward engaging students in improving school diet and health wellness, an effort initiated at the Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Summit.

One of the new ideas offered by students was that cafeterias could display signs that provide nutritional information for various foods. They also suggested that food services try to make the food look more appealing, and provide more vegetarian options and serve tuna.

Julie Spreckelmeyer, Director of Food Service Communications, met with the students and was impressed with their interest and ideas. "It was nice to have the kids here. They had a lot of good questions and a couple of ideas that they could help us with. We would be happy to work with them on the nutritional signage project if they decide to take it on," Spreckelmeyer said.

Lanier Middle School Celebration Event

Lanier Middle School students and staff have taken several innovative concepts created at the Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Summit, and turned them into reality. DeMeco Ryans, a linebacker with the Houston Texans, recently visited the school to applaud all the ways the schools is promoting health and wellness.

Cindy Roesler, chair of Lanier's P.E. Department and one of the 70 HKHS "Health Coaches", hosted the celebration event. Thanks to Ms. Roesler's leadership, her school is participating in "Fuel Up to Play 60", the "Step it Up" walking challenge and "Change the Game", a student-created communications campaign. Lanier students also are engaged in making the school a healthier place, recently helping to create a new supplemental P.E. curriculum.

Who we are...

Launched last February, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools initiative has attracted support from nearly 80 national and local organizations. Special thanks to the YMCA of Greater Houston, Memorial Hermann, Kroger and Dairy MAX for their recent support of the new HKHS Health Coaches initiative, providing exciting rewards and incentives for participants who meet program objectives.

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