While learning and character are key areas for developing our intellectual endeavors, longevity and quality of life depends on our health and wellness to carry out and/or fulfill the desires or calls that will be revealed through our educational experience preparation. Therefore, with their high level commitment to meeting the health needs of students and staff in order to remove barriers to learning and maximize district resources, PBC and Treasure Coast school districts have earned recognition amongst a total of 26 healthy school districts in Florida (Total of 67 county school districts in Florida).
The School District of Palm Beach received the GOLD status for designation period of 2012-2014 with strengths being, District Infrastructure, Health Education, Health Services, Healthy School Environment, Employee Wellness, and Family and Community Involvement. The School District of St. Lucie County received the SILVER status distinction for 2012-2014 for strengths in Health Services and Healthy School Environment. A Bronze status was received by the School District of Indian River County with strength in Health Services and Family and Community Involvement for the 2012-2014 designation periods.
From 2009 – 2013, the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and Florida Association of District School Superintendents, recognized 26 districts as Florida Healthy School Districts. The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self-Assessment Tool that focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes.
A spotlight on a Palm Beach County school finds Allamanda Elementary in a partnership with the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market to kick off the school year and Allamanda’s new Health and Wellness Initiative. Select vendors from the Green Market will be set up at the school’s Open House Friday, August 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Parents and students will be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables to get a healthy start in educating the whole child and meet the teacher in one convenient stop.
Allamanda is the only school in South Florida to be a Health and Wellness campus. The school will foster a culture of fitness and healthy eating. “We are so proud and excited to be a Health and Wellness Campus and to have the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market on board to get healthy right from the start,” said Deborah Feinsinger, program coordinator. “We want to grow a healthier generation of children. We say eat well, play hard, live long!”
REF: Press Release (SDPBC) Public Affairs Office, July 2013
REF: Florida Department of Education www.fldoe.org