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Wellness Page

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Mission Statement

To originate and promote wellness related priorities in the areas of student/parent/staff wellness including nutrition, physical activity, and emotional health.

Committee Members

This is a committee that is comprised of several different backgrounds and interests. All have unique perspectives and talents.

They include:

  • Lisa Levine-School Nurse
  • Ed Murach-Physical Education Teacher
  • Karlyn Warnero-Teacher/Parent
  • Kim White-Food Service Director
  • Sandi Truman-Food Services
  • Martin Weisgold- Community Member
  • Johnny Pierson-School Board Member/Parent
  • Kendra Griffiths-School Nurse
  • Jessica Sekely-Physical Education Teacher
  • Marc Weisgold-Elementary Principal

Wellness Policy

If you would like to review the Wellness Policy please go to the district website and look under District Info------School Board------School Board Documents-----Under chool board documents you will see Elk Lake School District Policies.  The Wellness Policy is listed as number 246.

Helpful Hints

The following information is from healthysnacks / .

Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent costly and potentially- disabling diseases, such as heart disease, cancer , diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Snacks play a major and growing role in children's diets.

Below are ideas to help with sending students to school with healthy snacks.

Fruits and Vegetables

Serving fresh fruits and vegetables can seem challenging. However, good planning and the growing number of shelf- stable fruits and vegetable products on the market make it easier. Though some think fruits and vegetables are costly snacks, they are actually less costly than many other less- healthful snacks on a per-serving basis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost of a serving of fruit or Vegetable (all types- fresh, frozen, and canned) is 25 cents per serving. This is a good deal compared with a 69 - cent single- serve bag of potato chips or an 80-cent candy bar.


Fruit is naturally sweet, so most kids love it. Fruit can be served whole, sliced, cut in half, cubed, or in wedges. Canned, frozen, and dried fruits often need little preparation.

• Apples

• Apricots

• Bananas

• Blueberries

• Cantaloupe

• Cherries

• Grapefruit

• Grapes(red, green or purple)

• Honeydew Melon

 • Kiwis( cut in half and give child a spoon)

• Mangoes

• Oranges

• Peaches

• Pears

• Pineapple

• Plums

• Strawberries

• Watermelon

Applesauce (unsweetened) Fruit cups, and Canned Fruit- These have a long shelf life and are low-cost, easy, and healthy if canned in juice or light syrup. Examples of unsweetened applesauce include Mott's Natural Style and Mott's Healthy Harvest line. Dole and Del Monte offer a variety of single-serve fruit bowls.

Dried Fruit- Try raisins, apricots, apples, cranberries, pineapple, papaya, and others with little or no added sugars.


Vegetables can be served raw with dip or salad dressing.

• Broccoli

• Carrot Sticks or Baby Carrots

• Cauliflower

• Celery Sticks

• Cucumber

• Peppers( green, red, or yellow)

• Snap Peas

• String Beans

• Tomato Slices or Grape Tomato

• Squash Slices

• Zucchini Slices


Try low-fat salad dressings, like fat-free Ranch or Thousand Island, store-bought light dips, bean dips, guacamole, hummus (which comes in dozens of flavors), salsa or peanut butter.

Soy-Edamame (pronounced "eh-dah-MAH-may") are fun to eat and easy to serve.

Ants on a log- Spread peanut butter on celery and add raisins



Though most kids eat plenty of grain products, too many of those grains are cookies, snack cakes, sugary cereals, Rice Krispy Treats, and other refined grains that are high in sugars or fat. Try to serve mostly whole grains, which provide more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than refined grains. In addition, try to keep the added sugars to less than 35% by weight and the saturated and trans fat low (i.e., less than 10% of calories, or about one gram per serving)

Breakfast cereal Dry-Whole grain cereals like Cheerios, Grape-Nuts, Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats, and Wheaties make good snacks. Look for cereals with no more than 35% added sugars by weight (or roughly 8 grams of sugar per serving.)

Crackers- Whole-grain crackers like Triscuits, which come in different flavors or thin crisp( or similar woven wheat crackers), Kalvi Rye crackers, or whole wheat Matzos can be served alone or with toppings, like low-fat cheese, peanut butter, or low-fact, reduced-sodium luncheon meat.

Rice Cakes- Look for rice cakes made from brown whole grain rice. They come in many flavors, and can be served with or without toppings

Popcorn- Look for low-fat popcorn in a bag or microwave popcorn. You can also air pop the popcorn and season it (example spray it with vegetable oil and add parmesan cheese, garlic powder, or other non- salt spices).

Granola Bars- Look for whole grain granola bars that are low in fat and sugars, like Barbara's Granola Bars, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars.

Pretzels- This low fat item can be offered as a snack now and then. However, pretzels are usually not whole grain and are high in salt.

Low-Fat Dairy Foods

Dairy Foods are a great source of calcium, which can help to build strong bones. However, dairy products also are the biggest sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in kids' diets. To protect children's bones and heart, make sure all dairy foods are low-fat or fat-free.

Yogurt-Look for brands that are low-fat or fat-free, moderate in sugars (no more than about 30 grams of sugars in a 6 oz. cup), and high in calcium (at least 25% of daily value (DV) for calcium in a 6 oz cup). Examples include Danimals Drinkable Low-Fat Yogurt, Go-Gurt by Yoplait, or cups of low-fat or non-fat yogurt from Stonyfield Farm, Dannon, Horizon and similar store brands. Low-fat or non-fat yogurt also can be served with fresh or frozen fruit or low-fat granola.

Other Snack Ideas

Trail mix

Trail mixes are easy to make and store well in a sealed container. Items to include: low-fat granola, whole grain cereals, peanuts cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruits like raisins, apricots, apples, pineapple, or cranberries.

The Elk Lake School District Wellness Policy encourages Parents and Teachers to offer some Healthy Choice Food Items for classroom parties and holiday celebrations.

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Ideas for Non-Food Classroom Rewards
Promoting a Healthy School

As teachers know, classroom rewards can be an effective way to encourage positive behavior.  Food rewards, especially candy, are often used because they are inexpensive and entice students. However, it is important to understand the potential harmful effects that using food, especially non-nutritious food, may have on student health.  Acknowledging that obesity among children has doubled over the past 20 years, and has become a national concern, is essential.  Health problems related to obesity include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  A study in Pediatrics, 1999, reports that “one quarter of children ages 5-10 show early warning signs for heart disease such as elevated blood cholesterol or high blood pressure”.

Consequences of Using Food as Reward

Compromises Classroom Learning:  Food rewards undermine all nutrition education being taught in the school environment, thus making nutrition education strictly theoretical instead of modeling positive behavior patterns.

Contributes to Poor Health:  Food rewards, such as candy or cookies, provide unneeded calories and displace healthier food choices, therefore contributing to health problems for children such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cavities.

Encourages Over-consumption of Unhealthy Foods:  Many reward foods are high in added sugar, fat and sodium, with little nutritional value.

Contributes to Poor Eating Habits:  It teaches kids to eat when they are not hungry, ignoring natural hunger and satiety cues.  Instead students learn to eat as a reward to themselves, possibly contributing to disordered eating.

Contributes to Poor Classroom Environment: Children who suffer from poor nutrition score lower on exams.


Make Your Own!

Reward students by making your own low cost items at school by printing bookmarks or certificates on a color printer and laminating. The following websites offer free printable bookmarks, certificates, and/or posters for you to use in place of food rewards: (teaching extras)


Class Reward System

· Keep a bowl of marbles and a jar on your desk.  Each time you reward a student, take a marble and add it to the jar.  When the jar is full, the students get a nonfood reward such as a homework pass or extra recess.



What Teachers Can Do

Ideas for Alternatives to Using Food as a Reward

Chalk (e.g. sidewalk chalk)


Coloring books


Pencil sharpener, grips, or boxes

Gift certificate to the school store

Pencils: colored or with logos/decorations





Boxes of crayons



Finger puppets

Stuffed animals

Plastic figurines

Toy cars, trucks, helicopters, or airplanes

Plastic sliding puzzles or other puzzle games

Key chains


Magnifying glasses

Spinning tops






Extra recess

Choose music for the classroom

Design a class or hall bulletin board

Be first in line

Take class for a walk around the block

Take a walk with the principal or teacher

Help teach the class

Help the teacher

Read favorite book from home to the class

Read the school-wide morning announcements

Read to a younger class

Bring in favorite item for share day

Sit at the teacher’s desk

Sit by friends

Go to the library to select a book to read

Pick out the book for the teacher to read

Use bean bag chair for the day


Recognition or Rewards

Phone parents about their great child

“Caught Being Good/In the Act” coupons or other non-food prizes

A photo recognition board in a prominent location in the school

Recognize a child’s achievements on the school-wide morning announcements and/or the school

Homework pass

Free time at the end of class

Choose your seat

Take care of the class animal for a day

Use the teacher’s chair

Make deliveries to the office

Eat lunch with a teacher or principal

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