WCS Wellness Committee
Warren Consolidated Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement.
The Board of Education recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Schools can play an important role in the developmental process allowing students to establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snack, supporting the development of good eating habits, and promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
National Go Red District Heart Challenge
The WCS Wellness Committee, in partnership with the American Heart Association, participated in the National Go Red Heart Challenge. Staff and students were encouraged to wear red to show their support for healthy habits that support healthy hearts.
28 Days to a Healthy Heart
Easy and Healthy Snack Ideas
By Dietetic Intern Hannah Stowers
Eating healthy snacks during the day helps kids grow, focus in school and refuel after burning off energy. Snacks can help provide nutrients that kids need and keep them from overeating at meal times.Snack Ideas:
- Frozen yogurt covered blueberries
- Peanut butter and banana whole wheat toast
- Avocado and whole wheat toast
- Hummus and veggies
- Chocolate chip, raisin, pretzel, and popcorn trail mix
- Graham crackers topped with cream cheese and fruit
- Serve snacks with low fat milk or water (Limit sugary drinks to 4 ounces or less a day)
- Get the kids involved by letting them help prepare the snack
- Don' t serve snacks within an hour and a half of meal times to avoid ruining their appetite
Five fun ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet
- Make a fruit smoothie with low fat milk and any fruit of your choice. Strawberries and bananas is a classic combination!
- Use vegetables as pizza toppings! Spinach, tomatoes, and peppers are just some of the choices you can choose-from.
- Freeze grapes for a yummy and cool treat!
- Swap chips and dip for veggies and dip! If you are looking for a crunchy snack, this is a great alternative. Pair the vegetables with your favorite low fat dressing.
- Add fruit to your toast in the morning! Pair peanut butter and bananas for a protein filled breakfast or spread some mashed avocados with a sprinkle of salt and pepper for a breakfast filled with healthy fats!
How to pack healthy school lunches for kids on a budget
- Include a variety of healthful foods from all food groups.
- Consider foods you already have in the house before shopping
- Buy only the amount you are planning on consuming or that can be frozen for later
- Check of coupons! Also find items on sale to use.
- Be mindful of portion sizes and food safety practices
- Most importantly HAVE FUN WITH FOOD!
Example Lunch Items That are Cheap, Easy and Healthy:
- Low fat yogurt
- Low fat cheese sticks
- Fruit cups (packed in natural juices or light syrup)
- Baby carrots
- Fresh veggies (pick what is in season)
- Whole grain bread for sandwiches
- Whole fruits (apples, banana, kiwi, ect)
2018-2019 WCS Wellness Initiatives
The District Wellness Committee recognizes schools for their participation in activities and events that promote health and wellness throughout the school year. Schools may use a wide variety of activities to cover many different areas of wellness. It is a goal of the District Wellness Initiative to not only encourage wellness for students, but to also promote wellness for staff and the local community.
At the June 5th Board of Education meeting, schools were recognized for their efforts based on the number of wellness activities in which the school/community participated. The award structure is modeled after the popular distance stickers that can be found on the back of cars displaying runners’ accomplishments:
26.2 Marathon status(participate in 10 or more activities)
- Angus Elementary
- Margaret Black Elementary
- Cromie Elementary
- Holden YR Elementary
- Lean Elementary
- Susick Elementary
- Wilkerson Elementary
- Agnes Beer Middle School
- Carter Middle School
- Grissom Middle School
- Sterling Heights High School
- Warren Mott High School
- Career Prep Center
13.1 Half Marathon status(participate in 7-9 activities)
- Harwood Elementary
- Wilde Elementary
- Community High School
10K status(participate in 10 or more activities)
- Jefferson Elementary
- Carleton Middle School
5K status(participate in 1-3 activities)
- Cromie Elementary
- Green Acres Elementary
- Willow Woods Elementary
- Cousino High School