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:
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.
The Colorado Legacy Foundation challenges you to think outside the box. Watch the video below.
CBS Fit 4 Colorado Community Walk a Great Success!
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Aurora Public Schools hosted the CBS “Fit 4 Colorado” Community Walk on Saturday, March 3rd. Despite the wind and cold temperatures, some 300 students, staff, parents and community members participated in the 1.2 mile walk at Yale Elementary School. Superintendent John Barry led the walk and afterwards greeted finishers with high fives.
Many schools around the district were represented but the top three with the most participants were Yale, Arkansas and Murphy Creek. Yale took home the Golden Shoe trophy for this year and will be fighting to keep it for the 2012 -2013 school year, when the Walk is held again.
The event marked the beginning of the APS Flat 14er Challenge, a walking program designed to increase physical activity by virtually “climbing” one or more of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. There are 20 schools and 7 Parks in Aurora that have designated Flat 14er routes. Please visit the Flat 14er page on this website for more information.
LiveWell Colorado launched a new Website and “culture change” campaign at www.livewellcolorado.org.