Friday, November 20, 2009

Members of the Wellness Team from Scott County Central School District attended the National American School Health Association Conference this October, during a typical Colorado snow storm, at a very non-typical time of the year. The team presented on the Missouri Foundation for Health grant, that has supported work aimed at improving the opportunities district families and youth have to be healthy and active. The team shared the story of the UMSL University-SCC School-Community partnership that has resulted in the installation of a basketball court in Haywood City, playground equipment in Morley, and the refurbishing of a baseball field in Vanduser. The Team reported on new school-based activities such as staff wellness assessments, TV Turn-off Week, Family Activity Nights, and youth produced public service announcements, (including one psa featuring Governor Nixon and St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher, Adam Wainwright, and another with members from the Kansas City Royals). Four members of the Scott County Central School District Wellness Team, ( Jerry Brehmer, Brenda Freed, Stephanie Stoverink, and Melinda Bier), presented their work and attended sessions in which national experts discussed the most effective strategies for improving the well-being of students, staff, and community members. The team has brought back this critical information to share with the faculty and families of the Scott County Central School District.

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