2018 - 2019 Polk Vision Annual Report PV Annual Report 2018_WEB - Page 34

33 Jenna Kaczmarski Co-Chair Polk County Public Schools Kathleen Wright Co-Chair Polk County Public Schools Karen Bessinger Lakeland Regional Health Julia Davis Polk TPO Mindi Fitch City of Lakeland Audrey Kelley Polk County Public Schools Deanna Kirkland Florida Department of Health in Polk County Ileana Kniss Peace River Center Jenna Levine Florida Department of Health in Polk County Colleen Mangan Florida Department of Health in Polk County Andrea Nikolai University of Florida/ IFAS Jennifer Rouse Polk County Public Schools School Health LEAD Team Vision Reduce the Obesity rate (BMI>30) in Polk County to less than the state average (from 36.9 percent to 26.4percent). A Healthy Schools pilot program was launched in five Polk County Elementary Schools during the 2017- 2018 school year. The pilot was inspired by a nationally recognized evidence-based model emphasizing the benefits of integrating health and education in the school setting. With the goal of improving student health and academic achievement, each Healthy School implemented one or more tactics tied to increasing the consumption of nutrient dense foods and/or increasing physical activity. Children often cannot differentiate between healthy and unhealthy foods. Nutrition education is focused on the importance of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. When young children are exposed to lessons and activities that focus on eating fruits and vegetables, their intake of these nutritious foods increases significantly. Graphic inspired by the Action for Healthy Kids' 2004 report. The Learning Connection: The Value of Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity in Our Schools. ABOVE: Pre-K students at Medulla Elementary learning about the school’s garden. Deidre Skaggs Polk County Public Schools Rachelle Webb All Children’s Hospital, Safe Routes to School GOOD FOOD 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese. Only 1 out of every 3 children are physically active every day. Only 1 in 2 children eat enough daily fruits and vegetable. (Alliance For A Healthier Generation) Even moderate exercise, like walking, increases brain activity. thousand SCHOOL KIDS Each one of us can help improve the eating and activity habits of the 105 thousand school kids in Polk County, and in the process, improve their health so they can succeed in the classroom. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SUPPORTS ACHIEVEMENT ACTIVE BODIES 5 HEALTHY SCHOOLS PILOT SCHOOLS Highland City Elementary Inwood Elementary Medulla Elementary