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Wellness in APS
Erica Riedlin, RD
Healthy Schools Coordinator
enreidlin@aps.k12.co.us
303-365-7813
ext. 28515

Health and Wellness is a Priority in Aurora Public Schools

Wellness in APSThe 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

Our Approach: APS has a district-led wellness team to support school-wide, local, statewide and national school health initiatives. The district team also offers assistance to individual schools through school wellness teams. And this website has been created to provide resources in each of the areas of school wellness to students, families and staff using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC).

WSCC modelThe Whole Child Approach
The Whole Child Approach is to move from a view of achievement based on academic success, but on the long-term development and overall growth. In order to accomplish this there are Whole Child beliefs that need to be addressed. (www.ascd.org/whole-child.aspx)

  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle
  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults
  • Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment

To learn more about the WSCC model, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/wscc/index.htm.

Components of WSCC model

Latest Health & Wellness News

 

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.

http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/02/01/bok-what-aurora-schools-try-a-new-form-of-fitness/#.VM-qvWjF_mo


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!

 
 

Learn more about applying for free and reduced lunch onlineAPS 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.

Read more.


Learn more about the Kids ClinicLearn more about the Kids Clinic


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.



When to Take Your Child to the ER for a Sports Injury

RM Hosiptal for Children LogoSoccer. Basketball. Baseball. Football. Cheerleading. Sports injuries can occur at any time during any type of practice, game, match, set or competition. Head and orthopedic injuries can even occur when your child is playing at home. In most cases, your child’s pediatrician can provide initial care for many orthopedics concerns: broken bones, sprains, strains and ligament tears, such as the common ACL tear. He/she will refer your child to a pediatric orthopedic specialist as needed. However, if your child sustains a more serious injury while on the field, emergency care may be necessary. 

If Your Child Has These Symptoms, Visit the Pediatric ER
Seek ER treatment if your child’s sports injury meets the following parameters: 

  • The child is younger than 4 years old and cannot use the arm or bear weight on the leg that was injured.
  • The limb that was injured looks misshapen or bone is protruding from the skin. 

Concussions are a significant concern for sports injuries, and special care is required during and after a concussion. If your child’s injury is accompanied by these symptoms, emergency care may be necessary: 

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Change in level of consciousness (asks repetitive questions, has memory loss)
  • Vomiting more than once
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty breathing 

HealthONE has five pediatric emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you are certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to treat your child’s injury. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.


Text 'ER' to 23000 for the Nearest ER and Average ER Wait Times
No matter where you are in the Denver area, simply text ER to 23000 and we will text you back with the nearest Pediatric ER and the average wait time. Message and data rates may apply.

Visit
www.rockymountainhospitalforchildren.com for more information.


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