BE WELL: Schools

Children spend the majority of their waking hours at school where they consume 30 - 60 percent of their daily calories. Schools can, therefore, be a champion in encouraging kids to eat healthy and stay active now, which helps them develop healthy habits that will serve them later in life. Not only does this make for healthier kids (and future adults), but it also helps them to be better learners, through improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

BE WELL partners with schools to provide technical assistance and funding in support of the following healthy school best practices, which become the backbone of a comprehensive and sustainable healthy school environment:

* Form a wellness committee
* Complete or update a school health assessment
* Develop or update an action plan
* Implement and evaluate
* Update your wellness policy accordingly
* Sustain efforts

NEW School Partner Application
RETURNING School Partner Application


  What Active Schools Look Like

  Active School Initiatives


  Why Healthy School Meals Matter

  Healthy School Food Initiatives

For more information about and local examples for the initiatives described above, view the Healthy School Fundamentals document.
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For more information
To learn more about what BE WELL is doing in Blue Earth County, including how to partner with us in making our communities healthier places to live, feel free to contact us.
Kristen Friedrichs, MA
(507) 304-4411

Gretchen Bohl
(507) 304-4450
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To learn more about what SHIP is doing in the rest of Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health SHIP webpage.