The mission of the APS Wellness Committee is to foster and support a district environment that promotes the total well being of students, families and staff.
Why Schools? Students spend the majority of their day in school, so there is great opportunity to provide education on the value of living a healthy lifestyle in a supportive and positive environment.
Connection to Learning: Healthier students. Health has a DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH LEARNING. Research has found that increased physical activity has shown improvements in test scores, focus, classroom behavior, and attendance, something educators have known instinctually for years
Watch the presentation below from the Wellness Celebration to find out why Wellness is important in schools, to see what APS is doing already, and where we are going!
Our Approach: APS has a district-led Coordinated School Health Team (CSHT) to support school-wide, local, statewide and national school health initiatives. The district team also offers assistance to individual schools through coordinated school health teams. And this website has been created to provide resources in each of the areas of coordinated school health to students, families and staff. To learn more about the Coordinated School Health Team model visit the CDC website here:
- During the last school year, APS Nutrition Services staff worked collaboratively with Tri-County's Environmental Health staff during 71 inspections of the school kitchens in APS. This helps assure the sanitation, food handling, and proper food temperatures and service of food to the students and staff . In addition, eight pools and 19 child care facilities within the district were inspected by Environmental Health.
- Tri-County's Disease Interventionist Specialists worked closely with APS school nurses on education of contagious diseases such as Ebola, Enterovirus D68, Norovirus, Measles, Chicken Pox and Pertussis.
- Tri-County's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) assisted with a mock exercise at Rangeview High School.
- Tri-County's Nursing Division has also offered on-site immunization clinics for APS over the last six years, where hundreds of students received immunizations each year before school started.
- Joanne Holden, RD (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Tri-County Health Department Nutrition Division sits on the Aurora District Coordinated Health Team.
Learn more about the Tri-County Health Department!
Please read the following ALERT from the Tri-County Health Department.
Bok-What? Bokwa is starting to gain recognition! Check out this article to learn how Bokwa is impacting our schools.
APS Biggest Loser 2015!
Many of us will set New Year's Resolutions to lose weight/eat healthier/exercise more. Join a Biggest Loser team for support, events, seminars, deals and prizes to help reach your goal! Email Erica N Campbell for more information!
American Heart Association honors Laredo CDC for health initiatives
Healthy Way to Grow is a joint program of the American Heart Association-a program to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic through improving practices at child care centers. Laredo Child Development Center was one of only six CDC's in the nation to earn the status of a "Bronze Center." Laredo has achieved best practices in nutrition, physical activity, screen time and infant feeding. Read the whole article here! Congratulations Laredo CDC, and thank you for your efforts!
Nonprofit honors four APS staff members with top awards!
Congratulations to Clayton Ellis, Jennifer Ebbe Handy, Starla Sieveke-Pearson and Kenny Webb on their awards form the Colorado Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (COAHPERD)! Check out the article here!
Interested in Staff Wellness?
APS will be starting a Staff Wellness Committee starting the fall of the 2014-2015 school year. See the flier for more information.
APS families can now submit an online application for the National School Lunch Program. This program provides free or reduced price meals to students who meet eligibility guidelines.
Our community is experiencing unusually high numbers of Pertussis (whooping cough) cases right now. Maybe you know of someone who has been sick with this illness. It is known as the “hundred-day cough” and is quite contagious. It causes people to miss school and work for several days.
LiveWell Colorado launched a new Website and “culture change” campaign at www.livewellcolorado.org.