Encouraging healthy food options and more opportunities to be physically active in school
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Healthy people are better learners and thinkers. Living Healthy in Washington County supports best practices and collaborations around school wellness initiatives. More than a third of children and adolescents are overweight and few get enough physical activity. Mental health is as important as physical health. A variety of social emotional concerns can interrupt, distract or disturb learners making the school experience frustrating and hindering academic progress. Negative experiences in school may also impact a student’s mental health.
Recognizing that wellness is not a “one size fits all” proposition, school wellness initiatives can be customized based on school needs. School wellness initiatives address key areas such as physical well-being, social-emotional well-being, establishing a wellness culture, family-friendly school wellness policies, and employee connections.
- 15% of 9th graders reported having thougths of suicide in the past year
- 51% or less of 8th, 9th and 11th grade respondents ate breakfast during the previous 7 days
- 51% or less of respondents were physically active at least 60 minutes 5 or more days during the week
- 23.4% of 9th grade males and 16% of 9th grade femaies are overweight or obese
- Less than half of respondents ate a fruit or vegetable at least once per day
2013 Minnesota Student Survey, Washington County
- Provide support for planning and implementing one community based youth health strategy per year
- Support policy, system or environmental changes within schools and communities around healthy youth development
- Assist schools in developing or implementing school wellness policies
Washington County Teen Health Activities and Resources
Coordinated School Health