Physical Education Program Promotes Health and Wellness
In an effort to promote health and wellness at Barbara Jordan, Physical Education Coach, Bryan Legarretta involves students in several programs that encourage healthy eating and exercise.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The purpose of the program is to expand and increase the variety and amount of fruits and vegetables children experience and consume. Twice a week, students receive a fruit or a vegetable during their special elective classes. Combined with nutrition education and the reinforcement of healthful eating habits, the program emphasizes the long-term goals of positively influencing children's life-long eating habits and combating childhood obesity. Fifth grader, Evelyn Gonzalez, says,"I love the program, because it's like getting a surprise snack, a healthy snack that I would never try at home, like berries, apple pears and kiwi".
Join the Fuel Up to Play 60 Movement!
The Fuel Up to Play 60 raises student, parent and teacher awareness about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. It is a fun interactive program that allows you to make a commitment to healthy eating and 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Students, parents and teachers can win fun prizes for their participation. Follow 6 easy steps to get started today!
- Log onto Fueluptoplay60.com/join/
- Follow 6 easy steps
- The school zip code is 75224.
The Coordinated Approach Healthy CATCH Recipe book from students and parents, as well as spontaneous visits to the cafeteria to reward students for "Caught Eating Veggies" with stickers. The committee held their third, "Community Health and Wellness Fair in the Fall.
The Child Health Program is an effective system designed to connect physical health, emotional and social with education. The coordinated approach improves students' health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools working together. There are eight components that the program focuses on:
Nutrition, physical activity, healthy school environment, school staff wellness, student, family and community partners, health services, mental health/school counseling.
At Dr. Barbara Jordan Elementary School, the CATCH Chair, meets monthly with the CATCH committee to discuss ways to promote healthy eating habits and physical activities. The committee is made up of significant stakeholders that influence school-wide wellness initiatives. Teachers from various grade levels, the cafeteria manager, school nurse, counselor, teacher assistant, parents, community liaison, and administrator.