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Active Living in Schools Strategy

 

Our goal is...

To increase physical activity opportunities for students during the school day and beyond so they are active for 60-minutes or more each day.

Findings from a 2016 Minnesota Student Survey show that 50% of all 5th, 8th and 9th grade students reported they were not physically active for 60-minutes a day during at least the past 5 days. For 11th graders, 40% reported the same.* 

Incorporating physical activity throughout the school day can improve students’ concentration, behavior and learning retention while at the same time helping them reach recommended physical activity guidelines.

EVIDENCE-BASED ACTIVITIES INCLUDE 

1. Implementing quality physical education
2. Active classrooms
3. Active recess at the elementary level
4. Drop-in time options at the junior and high school levels
5. Before and/or after school physical activity opportunities, including Safe Routes to School

 

PAST PARTNERS & PROJECTS: Active Living in Schools

2013-2015

  • Partnered with Kenyon-Wanamingo and Zumbrota-Mazeppa to implement Active Recess Program.

2016-2017

  • Partner with Goodhue and Zumbrota to assist in the development of a Comprehensive Safe Routes to School Plan
  • Hosted Walk! Bike! Fun Curriculum training for Physical Education Instructors. 
  • * Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety (2016).
    2016 Minnesota Student Survey Statewide Tables. Retrieved from http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/mss/

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Healthy Eating in Schools Strategy

 

Our goal is...

To increase fruit and vegetable availability and consumption as well as decrease foods and beverages high in sodium, saturated fats and added sugars that are available and sold to students.

On average, students consume 35% to 50% of their daily total calories at school. Recent studies show that approximately 40% of students buy and eat one or more snacks at school and 68% buy and consume at least one sugary drink. 

In a 2016 Minnesota Student Survey, findings show only 60% of Minnesota 5th graders reported eating one fruit or vegetable a day in the last week, and 11th graders reported consuming one fruit or vegetable a day.*

EVIDENCE-BASED ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

1. Farm to School
2. School-Based Agriculture
3. Healthy Snacks during the School Day
4. Healthy Snacks outside the School Day
5. Implementing Smarter Lunchrooms

PAST PARTNERS & PROJECTS: Healthy Eating in Schools

2009-2011

  • Partnered with Red Wing and Cannon Falls School Districts to implement a Farm to School Program
  • Partnered with Kenyon-Wanamingo and Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Districts to implement a Health Snack Cart Program

2015-2016

  • Partnered with Goodhue School District to implement a School-Based Agriculture Program

2016-2017

  •  Partnered with our school districts and cities to offer healthier options at our concession stands.

* Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety (2016).
2016 Minnesota Student Survey Statewide Tables. Retrieved from http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/mss/

 

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