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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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Improving School Health:

Mississippi Success Stories

Office of Healthy Schools


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Building Healthy Students

Family

School

Community


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“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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WHAT is a success?

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.


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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Henry Ford


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Amory School District 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.


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Amory School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Amory Middle School received the “Active Lifestyle Model School Award” after successfully participating in the President’s Fitness Challenge.


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DeSoto County Schools keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Hernando Elementary introduced a snack program where apples, oranges, and bananas are sold to students for just 25 cents.


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Madison County Schools keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Madison Station Elementary promoted their breakfast program - more than doubling participation from 137 to 317 students.


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Moss Point Schools keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Magnolia Junior High removed soft drinks from vending machines - replacing them with healthier choices - milk, 100% juice, and sports drinks.


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Carroll County Schools keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Marshall Elementary removed soft drinks from vending machines - replacing them with healthier choices - milk, 100% juice, and sports drinks.


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DeSoto County Schools keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

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.


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Gulfport School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

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.


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Brookhaven School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Alexander Junior High offers intramural basketball and volleyball, as well as walking, aerobics, and dance activities before school each day.


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Starkville School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

All elementary schools have removed deep fryers as part of their overall commitment toward healthier food preparation.


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Columbus School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

All schools have completely removed deep fryers as part of their overall commitment toward healthier food preparation.


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Petal School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

W.L. Smith Elementary teachers worked with students to set personal goals for a healthier lifestyle - and helped them monitor their weekly progress.


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Clarksdale School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Schools now have Physical Education teachers to provide PE classes for all students.


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Grenada School District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Grenada Middle School began a morning exercise routine via school-wide telecasting - with students standing beside their desks in classrooms.


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East Tallahatchie District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Charleston Middle School involved parents in school wellness by sponsoring “Family Fun and Fitness Nights.”


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Natchez-Adams District keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

All schools involved parents in school wellness by sponsoring “Family Fun and Fitness Nights.”


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Greenville Public Schools keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Stern Enhancement taught students about healthier food choices - and some then gave their parents advice while grocery shopping.


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Jackson County Schools keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Four elementary schools (East Central Upper and Lower and Vancleave Upper and Lower)received Silver Awards in USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge.


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Act as though keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

it is impossible to fail!


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Resources for Success keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

For more information

601-359-1737

www.healthyschoolsms.org

Mississippi Department of Education

Office of Healthy Schools

P.O. Box 771

Jackson, MS 39205


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