Lacey, Mountain View, and Evergreen Forest named America's Healthiest Schools
Lacey, Mountain View and Evergreen Forest named America’s Healthiest Schools
Lacey, Mountain View and Evergreen Forest are among the 518 schools nationwide to earn a spot on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s (Healthier Generation) 2020 list of America’s Healthiest Schools” for their commitment to promoting quality nutrition, regular physical activity and strong wellness policies.
Though these three schools were evaluated on practices taking place prior to the COVID-19 school closures, they leveraged their strong foundations in wellness and were positioned to prioritize healthy habits throughout the pandemic. Here are some examples of ways they promote good health prior to the pandemic and currently:
- Asking parents to be conscious of sending in treats for birthdays or instead send in healthy treats.
- Teachers provide Brain Breaks throughout the day when students get up, move around, dance, or stretch.
- Students participate in daily social emotional lessons and morning meetings in their classrooms.
- Staff meetings start off with a Mindful Minute. This is a time to relax, release stress, and prepare the mind for the meeting.
- A Fun Run fundraiser -- instead of selling candy or cookies, donations are made for laps the students run.
“We do a lot of focus on self-care with our staff,” said Stephanie Hollinger, Principal of Evergreen Forest Elementary. “It is vital that staff take care of themselves first. If they do not practice self-care, they are not at their best selves for our students. And, we want to always be our best selves with our students!”
For nearly 15 years, Healthier Generation’s annual recognition program has honored schools that are implementing best practices that support children’s learning and development, including meeting or exceeding federal standards for nutritious school meals and providing regular opportunities for students and staff to be active throughout the school day. It remains one of the country’s longest-running, nationwide recognition programs honoring schools for achievements in nutrition, physical activity and wellness policies.