Northeast Elementary Targets 'Healthy for Life'

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Remember back when P.E. class meant recess time? Getting away from the books for a game of hide-and-seek or Chinese freeze tag?

Well, times have changed. It turns out you can actually learn something about your health during a physical education class and the young students at Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School are doing just that.

"They are not just going out and running around. We have organized programs for our children through the P.E. department," said school nurse, Robin Hull. "It is all very organized, and hopefully, these are activities they will want to carry on into their community life."

The new exercise lessons are not the only healthy updates that have taken place at Northeast Elementary. It is now two and a half years into the implementation of a coordinated school health program.

NEE is a silver award winner in the HealthierUS School Challenge, a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

The school received a little under $200,000 for the purpose of improving the health and wellness of the students and staff.

Sugary soda is no longer available. Neither are vending machine snacks. The school now offers at least four choices of fresh fruit and vegetables for breakfast and lunch.

"We want to make sure our kids have the opportunity to make healthy choices," said principal, Teri Edwards. "I see that, as being the most significant change in our school that has been brought about by the result of this grant."

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  • by The Captain Location: NEE on Nov 2, 2010 at 04:19 AM
    All classes at NEE have PE every day. Lots of faculty and staff pounds are being lost through the school's Weight Watchers program. There are also exercise classes offered throughout the week--just yesterday afternoon, I witnessed a group of teachers workin' up a sweat w/an exercise video. It is not uncommon to see teachers walking briskly around campus after school. OH, and if I'm not mistaken, some NEE teachers take advantage of NEMS's wonderful exercise facility. We faculty may not all have time to take advantage of all of these after-school programs and activities, but NEE is truly involved in promoting "Healthy For Life" attitudes.
  • by county school observer Location: county on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    Teacher, read my statement very carefully. Then look around you. Leadership by example.
  • by TEACHER Location: MERIDIAN on Oct 26, 2010 at 05:12 PM
  • by county school observer Location: county on Oct 26, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    The school received a little under $200,000 for the purpose of improving the health and wellness of the students AND STAFF. Improvement seen in part..Ones not attending PE classes are noticeably NOT as healthy. .
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