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Wellness in APS
Erica Campbell, RD
Healthy Schools Coordinator
encampbell@aps.k12.co.us
303-343-0295
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 

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 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).

The 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

WSCC modelComponents of WSCC model


Latest News

APS Summer Nutrition ProgramAPS Summer Service Program for 2016

Aurora Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for 2016. Breakfast and lunch will be provided without charge to children 18 and under.

All schools will be serving breakfast & lunch from May 31 – June 30, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Choose a location nearest to you. Serving dates may vary by site. 

ALL CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER EAT FREE
ADULT BREAKFAST $1.90
ADULT LUNCH $3.75


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 online

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.

Read more.



Learn more about the Kids Clinic
Learn 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.



LiveWell Colorado launched a new Website and “culture change” campaign at www.livewellcolorado.org.

Let’s Move Aurora Healthy Fair on April 9

Lets-Move-Aurora-PosterLet’s Move Aurora Healthy Fair on April 9
Come join us for the Let’s Move Aurora Healthy Fair on Saturday April 9th at Gateway High School from 8:00 am-12 Noon.

All APS students, staff, and family members are invited to come out and celebrate in this healthy, fun event. Dress as your favorite crime fighter for the Super Hero Walk/Fun Run/5k starting at 8:00am. Register here for free! There will also be a FREE BREAKFAST provided to all attendees following the run.

The healthy fair will have different vendors throughout the community, providing free activities including Zumba, smoothie bike, and an obstacle course. There will be raffles for staff, and for students and community members.

Come celebrate health and wellness with Aurora Public Schools!


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