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April/May 2016 Nurse Notes

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APR/MAY '16 Newsletter

Local school wellness policies provide an opportunity to create and support a healthy school environment, promote student health, and reduce childhood obesity. Because they are required for all school districts participating in the federal Child Nutrition Programs including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, millions of children can be reached through implementation of these policies which focus on creating supportive school nutrition and physical activity environments.


Daily Physical Education:
Boyer Valley P.E. classes are taught by a certified physical education teacher, providing classes for all students in grades K-12 for entire year. Students with disabilities and students with special health-care needs may be provided an alternative educational setting.

Daily Recess:
Boyer Valley Elementary school provides recess, at least 20 minutes a day, preferably outdoors.  We offer classroom health education that complements physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities.

Communication with Parents:
Boyer Valley provides parents a list of foods that meet the school district’s snack standards.  We also provide information about physical education and other school based physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day; support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school; share information about physical activity and physical education through our web site, newsletter, other take-home materials, special events or physical education homework.

Food Marketing in Schools:
Boyer Valley school-based marketing is consistent with nutrition education and health promotion by promoting healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.

Other School-Based Activities That Promote Student Wellness:
Health Smart for Kids teaches 2nd and 4th grades about healthy food choices and importance of physical activity.
Participate in the 10 Week Iowa Healthy Living challenge both staff and students.
Participate in taste testing of different foods and its nutritional values.
Speakers visiting with the classrooms and educate students on promotion of health and wellness.
Participate in the Iowa Health Walk twice a year.
Nutritionist meets the students to discuss healthy habits and importance of exercise.
Middle school attend seminar supported by Iowa Healthy Lving.
Speaker visits with students on breast cancer and awareness.
Newsletters sent home with educational information supporting health and wellness.

If you want to review the Boyer Valley School’s Wellness Policy it can be found on our website under Board Policy 507.9.  If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding the Wellness Policy, please feel free to call our school nurse Jodi Klein 712-643-2251 or email kleinj@boyer-valley.k12.ia.us

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Boyer Valley Community Schools1102 Iowa Ave.

Dunlap, IA  51529PHONE: 712-643-2258

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