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1 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Sycamore Wellness Committee Presented by District Leader/Chair Jessica L. Johnson, RD, LD, SNS

2 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Dr. Lisa Lewis, High School Karen Goodman, Junior High Amy Rile, E.H. Greene Intermediate Debbie Kirby, Blue Ash Elementary Diane Vanderbrink, Maple Dale Elementary Jennifer Kavensky, Montgomery Elementary Karen Brownlee, Symmes Elementary All school leaders are parents! All committee members donate their time and talents to help make our student learning environment healthy! We are so lucky to have so many dedicated parents and staff members involved. Building Leaders:

3 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. School Nurses: Susan Murphy (HS), Julie Ferron (SY), Susan Linton (MT), Diana Wyrick (BA) Junior High Staff: James Dejoy (Health and PE) & Jessica Ruggiero (Guidance) Educators: Marianna Fall (MT), Matt McCalla (EHG) District Office Administrators: Frank Forsthoefel, Ann Marie Reinke and Jessica Johnson CNS Employee: Georgia St. John (MD) Wellness Committee Members:

4 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Sycamore formed a partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation: AHG provides a framework for setting goals and priorities for building leaders Annually an inventory is conducted by school leaders to identify weaknesses and to create an action plan to enable our committee to work towards goals related to 7 key areas of health and wellness AHG recognizes successes and accomplishments

5 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Student Wellness Employee Wellness School Meals Competitive Foods Policy & Systems Nutrition/Health Education Physical Education & Activity 7 Key Focus Areas:

6 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Sycamore was nationally recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation! Meredith Potter, Program Manager from AHG was instrumental in Sycamore’s success!

7 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. POLICY/SYSTEMS: Ann Marie Reinke, Asst. Director of Academic Affairs introduced and promoted a reading curriculum in grades k-4. All books were related to health and encouraged for use in language arts, independent and group reading times. The goal is to enhance this curriculum each year by adding field trips and/or special guest visitors along with creating learning outcomes How did we get to bronze as a district?

8 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. FOODSERVICE/COMPETITIVE FOODS: All grains are whole grain rich (50% WG) All a la carte, meets 35/10/30 requirements related to sugar, sat. fat and total fat Increased access to fresh fruit & veggies Leaner proteins offered more often No fried foods used in school meal program How did we get to bronze as a district?

9 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. How did we get to bronze at the High School? Increased availability of fresh fruit and vegetables daily for students Extended breakfast through 3 rd period to allow all students to have access to breakfast Improved selection of healthy entrée offerings to students Uses sporting events for fundraisers such as Kicking it for MS (Soccer), Volley for the Cure (Volleyball), Aves for Autism (Basketball) and Relay for Life (Running)

10 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Annually using a 5k run as the major fundraiser promotes a healthy environment for students and families Monthly tastings with principal advisory committee to garners student input on healthy menu offerings How did we get to bronze at the Junior High?

11 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. How did we get to bronze at Edwin H. Greene? Offering a 2 nd Chance breakfast opportunity for students to get a jumpstart to their day before learning “core curriculum”. Even scored a Who Dey visit! Hosted the Can you Hack-ett Challenge where students had to complete 60 min. of activity for 4 weeks.

12 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Annually hosts a dance-a-thon, as a school fundraiser, but with an added benefit of promoting physical activity in a fun way! Blue Ash Elementary administration encourages daily snacks to be healthy and discourages sweet treats for birthday celebrations and rather to instead for parents to donate a game for students to enjoy with their class. How did we get to bronze at Blue Ash?

13 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. How did we get to bronze at Maple Dale? Re-established “Milers” a lunch time walking program for staff and students Introduced a Girls on the Run at Maple Dale for 3 rd and 4 th grade girls to run a 5k while also promoting a way to build self- esteem for the girls

14 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Monthly fruit or vegetable tastings and Kindergarten education around those foods. Booster-thon Fun Run – A way for the whole school to get fit and be more active together During the staff pedometer challenge a free metabolism testing was conducted for interested employees Food Tasting How did we get to bronze at Montgomery Elementary?

15 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Started a staff pedometer challenge (spread to an entire district staff challenge including the board office) Implemented recess before lunch (1 st elem. to take the leap!), and Symmes Steppers, an outdoor walking program for students and staff Developed Wellness Warrior program for students to try various fitness opportunities at school Promoted healthy snacks in the classroom How did we get to bronze at Symmes?

16 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. National Recognition for Achievement Sycamore was the only school to be recognized for the entire district! Sycamore is the only district in the nation to have all parents in school leader positions. We are so blessed to have their dedication!

17 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Celebrating our success in D.C.! Pictured left to right: Meredith Potter, Diane Vanderbrink, Karen Goodman, Julie Ferron, Jennifer Kavensky, Jessica Johnson, Lisa Lewis and Amy Rile. Leaders not pictured – Debbie Kirby and Karen Brownlee

18 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Addressed in person by former President Bill Clinton & by teleprompter the First Lady, Michelle Obama!

19 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Our committee continues to strive for a healthy learning environment for staff and students Our goal to have increased opportunity for physical activity and access to healthy meals continues To increase student-access to education centered around health and wellness so that our students will have opportunities to lead a long, healthy life. We need your help to accomplish our goals! Our Goals continue…

20 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Sycamore partners with Fuel Up to Play 60 at SHS, JHS & EHG

21 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. High School Student Health Council

22 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Sycamore Child Nutrition gets active with Biggest Loser champion: Ali Vincent

23 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. How Can You Help? Join the committee! We welcome: Parents Students Teachers School Board Members Principals Assistant Principals Nurses Health and Physical Educators Guidance Counselors District Office Staff Administrators Anyone who cares about the health and well- being of our students, staff and community!

24 ©Copyright 2007 Sycamore Community Schools, All Rights Reserved. Address: Website Link: tments/child-nutrition/district-wellness- committee.html Link to press release related to National Recognition: Useful Information -


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