The Oregon Department of Education wants to recognize schools that take their district’s wellness policy and effectively implement the policy to promote student health and academic achievement by presenting an Oregon School Wellness Award.
The schools chosen to receive the Oregon School Wellness Award will receive a cash prize, certificate of recognition, banner, and serve as an example for the entire state.
School Wellness Policies are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from school districts receiving federally-funded school meals. These School wellness policies, that were established during the 2006-2007 academic year, set goals for school-based activities that promote healthy eating, daily physical activity, and other wellness behaviors. The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 strengthened and enhanced the requirements of implementing and evaluating those policies. Individual schools must implement the district policy, but can also go beyond the policy to improve student and staff health.
Supporting kids’ achievements and addressing health issues including physical activity and nutrition can greatly improve their ability to learn. Schools that have recognized the link between health and education and taken action have benefited from more positive and alert students, reduced school absenteeism, and improved student performance and test scores.
Applications are due January 16, 2015 at 5:00pm
All Oregon schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are encouraged to apply. A Blue Ribbon panel will narrow down the school candidates and make recommendation to Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton for a final decision.