Congratulations to our 5 selected schools for BE THE NEXT UNI!
Marina Del Rey Middle SchoolMarina Del Rey, CAProgram Kick-Off 2/13/15School Info
Seward Middle SchoolSeward, AKProgram Kick-Off 2/13/15School Info
River Road High SchoolAmarillo, TXProgram Kick-Off 2/25/15School Info
El Verano ElementarySonoma, CAProgram Kick-Off 2/27/15School Info
Lecanto PrimaryLecanto, FLProgram Kick-Off 8/19/15School Info
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Marina Del Rey Middle School has been around for over 50 years. With students bussed in from low income areas across Los Angeles, this particular 21-student dance class serves those in the greatest physical need. Students report eating fast food, chips, and unhealthy sodas and juices day after day. With no required nutrition curriculum and a large number of students overweight or obese, Marina is hoping to turn things around. Recent funding for a school garden and required physical activity every day are the first steps toward healthy change.
River Road High School An economically disadvantaged school, River Road High School is located just outside of Amarillo, Texas. About 30 percent of Texan adolescents are overweight or obese, higher than the national average, with most of those in River Road High School receiving government-subsidized lunches. With little access to fresh fruits or veggies, students often opt for fast food, neglecting even their school-provided lunch. Students surveyed reported never eating fruits or vegetables.
Seward Middle School is a coastal town of 2,000 people with one major road connecting to the city of Anchorage, about 125 miles away. During winter, gardens are not an option and kids rarely get fruits and vegetables outside of school. In 2011-2012, approximately 40 percent of students in Seward were overweight or obese. Despite these odds, Seward Middle School has won the Bronze level award under the Healthy Schools Program, a program that equips schools with a framework for better health. Students respond enthusiastically to fresh fruits and vegetables.
El Verano Elementary School is one of the most challenged campuses in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. About 85 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch and reports show a decreasing trend toward fruit and vegetable consumption as children age, with only 1 in five Sonoma County teens reporting eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Ensuring healthy eating education while students are young will be key in influencing the lifestyle habits of this population.
Lecanto Primary School, because of its location in a rural section of the Gulf Coast of Florida, requires 100 percent of students to be transported to school. Sixty percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch and a recent school-wide health assessment indicated that 29 percent of 5th graders had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 80 percent. Statewide, over 87 percent of those surveyed reported eating vegetables less than 3 times per day. A Lecanto Primary Morning Show helps teach students about healthy eating through cooking demonstrations, reading food labels and more. With a school garden and other healthy eating initiatives, students become excited about whole foods and physical activity.