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Health and Wellness


Good physical fitness and nutrition are essential if students are to be "fit to be taught." Without those things, they are at a big disadvantage. The articles below from Education World's archive share "food for thought" and practical tips for building awareness about the importance of wellness when it comes to student learning.

These Shoes Were Made for Running/Walking
A runner for many years, Principal Kim Pavlovich has created a run/walk program that each week attracts teachers, parents, and more than half the student body to the school track. Included: Tips for starting this simple and inexpensive program in your school.


Find more articles of interest in the following Education World resources:

Fit To Be Taught

Cafeteria Management

Recess Management

Stress on the Job

See our complete archive of Focus On articles. More than three dozen hot topics of interest to principals.

Wellness Policies Promote Healthy Choices
The federal mandate for schools to adopt written wellness policies has prompted many to focus on cafeteria and snack items as well as opportunities for physical activity. What have school leaders learned as they implemented new wellness policies?

Schools Where Wellness Is a Way of Life
The need for students to eat more healthful foods and get more exercise is getting a lot of attention, but some school leaders are going a step farther by developing wellness policies and health alliances with their communities.

School-Wide Handwashing Campaigns Cut Germs, Absenteeism
School-wide handwashing programs can improve the health and attendance of students and staff. If your school does not have a program in place, many resources are available to help you get one started. Included: Links to valuable free resources.

Walking School Bus Paves Way to Healthier Kids
A new program eases traffic congestion around schools while putting more exercise into students' days. Perhaps your school should be the next stop for the "walking school bus," a program in which groups of children are led to and from school by adult volunteers.

Hold the Fries! Three Programs Are Improving Student Nutrition
Halting the trend toward child obesity is a challenge, but some schools are meeting it with more than food that is nutritionally balanced. Included: Learn about three school nutrition programs that are working.

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Last updated 06/26/2008