Improving School Health: Mississippi Success Stories. Office of Healthy Schools. Building Healthy Students. Family. School. Community. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.
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Mississippi Success Stories
Office of Healthy Schools
group of committed people
can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing
that ever has.”
Schools and districts throughout Mississippi are making changes to improve nutrition and physical activity for students, staff, and families. Some are major changes - others are ‘baby’ steps towards a healthy school environment.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Amory Middle School adopted a policy that allows students to drink water in the classroom - so they are properly hydrated and ready to learn.
Amory Middle School received the “Active Lifestyle Model School Award” after successfully participating in the President’s Fitness Challenge.
Hernando Elementary introduced a snack program where apples, oranges, and bananas are sold to students for just 25 cents.
Madison Station Elementary promoted their breakfast program - more than doubling participation from 137 to 317 students.
Magnolia Junior High removed soft drinks from vending machines - replacing them with healthier choices - milk, 100% juice, and sports drinks.
Marshall Elementary removed soft drinks from vending machines - replacing them with healthier choices - milk, 100% juice, and sports drinks.
Shadow Oaks Elementary offers 30 minutes of daily physical activity for every student - with special recognition for those who walk with the principal at recess.
Pass Road Elementary students have daily FANtastic Movement Moments - 5 minutes of physical activity to help them be more alert and able to focus in class.
Alexander Junior High offers intramural basketball and volleyball, as well as walking, aerobics, and dance activities before school each day.
All elementary schools have removed deep fryers as part of their overall commitment toward healthier food preparation.
All schools have completely removed deep fryers as part of their overall commitment toward healthier food preparation.
W.L. Smith Elementary teachers worked with students to set personal goals for a healthier lifestyle - and helped them monitor their weekly progress.
Schools now have Physical Education teachers to provide PE classes for all students.
Grenada Middle School began a morning exercise routine via school-wide telecasting - with students standing beside their desks in classrooms.
Charleston Middle School involved parents in school wellness by sponsoring “Family Fun and Fitness Nights.”
All schools involved parents in school wellness by sponsoring “Family Fun and Fitness Nights.”
Stern Enhancement taught students about healthier food choices - and some then gave their parents advice while grocery shopping.
Four elementary schools (East Central Upper and Lower and Vancleave Upper and Lower)received Silver Awards in USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge.
Act as though keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
it is impossible to fail!
For more information
Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Healthy Schools
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205