Commit to Be Fit is an award winning, grant funded, school supported program in a rural Virginia county that is geared towards creating a healthier culture in three key areas: cafeteria, classroom, and the community. Realizing that academic performance is strongly correlated to healthy minds and bodies, wellness and healthy lifestyles have become an integral part of our educational culture. The Commit to Be Fit program was presented an award by Governor McAuliffe as the recipient of the 2017 Virginia School Board Association’s Food for Thought Competition for wellness/physical activity. Nutrition: Attendees will learn how Commit to Be Fit provided healthier food options within the school cafeterias, while promoting nutrition education for students, parents, and community members. Classroom: Attendees will hear the success that we have experienced in promoting movement opportunities within the schools. A few of the highlights that will be shared include our elementary school Brain STAR (Strengthening through Action Repetition) learning lab, high school alternative seating class room, classroom kinesthetic corners, Brain STAR brain break database for educators, and more! Community: Attendees will gain insight on to how to inspire and motivate employees and community members to become actively engaged in a healthier lifestyle. Special attention will be focused on contests, challenges, workshops, and family events. Gather ideas on how to generate enthusiasm, create awareness and buy-in, and begin a community wide, culture shift that embraces health and wellness.
School Administrators, Educators, Parents, Community Members
Objective 1: Identify and understand elements of each of the three key areas (cafeteria, classroom, community) that are essential for creating a healthier educational culture. This will include a look at how each of these areas are intertwined and beneficial in implementing a successful, school wide wellness program.
Objective 2: Identify successful methods of designing and implementing a wellness program. An overview of each of our initiatives will be presented.
Objective 3: Identify and share helpful strategies to easily replicate wellness programs in other school settings. Participants will be provided ideas to create a healthier culture in their own school divisions.