Like most of the country, you probably know someone who has the flu (if you don't have it yourself). We're watching out for the flu in our schools and want you and your family to be safe from illness.
Here's some help in making that happen!
Everyday preventive actions are steps that people can take to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness, like flu.
Head Middle Magnet School participated in the Mayor’s 5K on Sunday, Nov. 19. Andrea Hawkins, 8th grade science and physical science teacher, organized the event. School faculty and several families ran or walked. Congrats to Joshua Rice, 6th grade math teacher, and Sarah Diehl, 7th grade math teacher, for finishing with the fastest times at 29 minutes and 32 minutes respectively.
100 Chefs, 100 Schools was a huge hit with the young culinary students at Glengarry Elementary, and for good reason! The kindergartners in Shauna Russell’s class learned how to make fruit nachos. (And yes, they also ate them!). The class was selected to participate in the initiative that aimed to pair 100 chefs with 100 schools to promote healthy eating.
That wasn’t the class’s first encounter with a healthy lesson; early this fall they recorded a special song and dance that was named first runner-up in the Coordinated School Health program’s Classroom Challenge. The video competition was designed to promote healthy lifestyles.
Meanwhile, Head Middle Magnet welcomed chef Michael New as part of the “100 Chefs 100 Schools” program. Chef New showed students how to prepare healthier snacks and provided samples of his yummy treats.
Check out the photos we received from other schools that also participated in 100 Chefs, 100 Schools:
McKissack Middle School and Paragon Mills Elementary are this year’s big winners in the Healthy Classroom Challenge sponsored by the Office of Coordinated School Health and United Way during Child Health Week. The goal of the challenge was to demonstrate in a two-minute video how teachers and students incorporate physical activity into their daily classroom routine. Angela Lyles and Barbara Laifer and their classes got creative with a Family Fued-style competition at McKissack and a Feelin’ Good Dance Party at Paragon Mills.
For their winning projects, each teacher was awarded an iPod Nano and $100 gift certificate. The students were awarded a healthy snack celebration along with a United Way t-shirt, lunch bag, water bottle and football. Congratulations to all of the participants!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at Brick Church Middle School students showed their support by wearing pink and white and forming a human ribbon. Many of the students and faculty have friends or family members who have been affected by cancer, and the school wanted to show the community that they have not forgotten their struggle.
More than 150 students and faculty members participated in the human ribbon. According to Principal Chirelle Jefferson, “this is a wonderful testament to teamwork, cooperation, and working towards a single goal.”
Stratford High School is hosting a Community Health Fair for all in the East Nashville community. Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. - noon, families will have access to free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and much more. The event is free!
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Maplewood High School football team are leading the Maplewood community in a neighborhood walk, Monday, Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m., immediately after school dismisses. The walk will begin at the flagpole in front of the school. This event is in celebration of the Mayor's WALK 100 miles challenge. Nashvillians who walk 100 miles by the end of 2012 will receive a free congratulatory t-shirt.
Have on old bicycle that runs great but is taking up coveted space in your garage? Or maybe one your kids have outgrown? Hands on Nashville and the Oasis Center have teamed up and want to take them off your hands with ReCYCLE for Kids, a new project that aims to redistribute pre-loved kids’ bikes (20” wheels and smaller). Bikes will be collected, refurbished, and given to economically disadvantaged youth who benefit from the services of the Oasis Center. See flyer for more details.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, thousands of students, their parents, teachers and school staffs will hit the pavement and walk to school! It's Walk to School Day, an event designed to raise awareness of healthy living, particularly the importance of physical activity for kids, improved air quality, and safer routes for walking and biking. Fifty six Metro Schools will join thousands of educators, students and community members from across the country in this national movement. Cole Elementary will serve as the lead Metro school and will host a special event including MNPS administrators and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a message for families: Your child's school cafeteria is a great source of nutritious meals! Check out the letter issued today.
Dear Parent, Guardian:
Your child’s school day just got healthier! School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; “right-size” meals with portions designed for a child’s age; and less saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. The changes in school meals, the first in 15 years, are based on the latest nutritional guidelines.
Here are some important facts about the new school meals:
Your child can learn good habits for life by making healthy food choices and getting proper exercise now. This year is a transition year as schools implement these new standards and work together with parents, to ensure that every child, in every community across America, has access to healthy and nutritious meals. Encourage them to try new foods and eat the healthy food offered. Reinforce healthy eating by offering similar new foods at home.
Keep updated on the changes at www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday.
Bring out the Sharpies, Maxwell Elementary has a star on its staff! Cafeteria Manager Cynthia Tinnel proved her incredible skills in the kitchen on the hit reality show "Chopped." Tinnel out-cooked three other school cafeteria managers, taking home $10,000. She also gave the nation a small taste of what it's like to cook for hundreds of students each day.
Way to go, Cynthia!
Cindy Tinnel, cafeteria manager at Henry Maxwell Elementary School, was selected to be on the Food Network show Chopped! Mark your calendars or set your recorders to help cheer Tinnel on during Class Acts, Too when it airs on the Food Network Tuesday, Sept. 25. Click here to watch a preview of her episode.
School lunches are getting healthier, and the National PTA, Kids’ Safe, and Healthful Foods Project are teaming up to share this year’s improvements with families through Virtual Back to School Night. The best part, you can listen live from your own home! Check out the release below:
Join National PTA and the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project for
Virtual Back to School Night: The School Day Just Got Healthier!
School lunches will have a whole new look this year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) updated nutrition standards for school meals. As parents, it can be difficult to navigate what these changes mean. Join National PTA President Betsy Landers, White House Chef Sam Kass, the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, and USDA for a live discussion about the exciting new meals coming to school cafeterias!
When: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7PM EST
Where: Tune in live right here from wherever you are!
Need to wiggle? Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option Elementary is opening its doors to faculty, families and East Nashville community members who love to move! To help build healthy bodies and minds, the school recently started the Cougar Fitness Crew. Every Thursday, now through Nov. 1, the Cougar Fitness Club will host a variety of classes - everything from Zumba to West African Dance, Line Dancing and Yoga.
Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School have an incredible new Heath & Fitness facility at their disposal. Thanks to Dane Burks & Company Fitness and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the school now has a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness facility for students and staff. The center includes elliptical trainers, a full weight gym, treadmills, and more. The project began as a simple need noticed by Lifetime Wellness teacher, Dr. Tina Bozeman, NBCT, but culminated with a true community partnership.
It's important for students to have a physical before coming back to school. It can help prevent the health problems that may impact learning. That's why United Neighborhood Health Services is offering Back to School check-ups to get ready for that first day!
Students will also be given all of the shots they need to come back to school. Incoming kindergarteners, pre-kindergarteners and 7th graders are required to have updated immunizations certificates and will not be allowed to attend without them.
UNHC is offering immunizations and physicals at its three clinics now through the first day. TennCare and private insurance plans are accepted. Uninsured patients are also welcome, with fees based on a sliding scale. Call ahead to make appointments for physicals.
United Neighborhood Health Services Clinics
Dickerson Road Clinic, 1223 Dickerson Road, Nashville 37207
Main Street Clinic, 905 Main Street, Nashville 37206
Southside Family Clinic, 1101 Charles Davis Boulevard, Nashville 37210
Back-to-School Immunizations and Physicals Are Available at Three Clinics of United Neighborhood Health Services
Free immunizations offered to students; shots are required for 7th graders and kindergarten & pre-K students by start of school on August 1
Expect a few phone calls from us this summer. When you answer there will be the familiar recorded greeting “Good evening, Metro Schools families.” What comes after may determine whether or not your child can attend school next year.
When school starts Wed., August 1, 2012, any student entering the seventh grade must have an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate showing a recent tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster and verification of immunity to varicella (chicken pox). Without it, students will not be allowed to attend school.
That’s why we’re urging everyone to take care of these requirements now, not later. Have your child vaccinated and give the updated certificate to your school before summer break starts. It’s easier for everyone and takes another item off your summer to-do list.
The Metro Public Health Department offers immunizations required for school each Monday through Friday at its three Health Centers. Health officials emphasize that children with insurance coverage should visit their own healthcare provider for these shots, along with an added benefit of getting an annual well child physical exam. Tell your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and church groups. Send it to your neighborhood list-serv. Announce it at your next PTA meeting. It’s important information for the entire community.
Go to your family doctor or one of the three Public Health Centers to make arrangements for your child to receive these immunizations. Then when the phone rings with our friendly reminder, you can go on with your evening. For full information about required immunizations and where you can get them, call your child’s healthcare provider or visit the Metro Public Health Department website: http://health.nashville.gov/Immunizations.htm
Lt Col Martha Shaffer has been selected as the 2012 Outstanding Instructor Award with Merit (OIAM) winner for AFJROTC!
Those selected represent the top 10% of all officer and NCO instructors. She was selected for her exemplary dedication to the corps, Maplewood High School, and the community, as well as her exemplification of the Core Values (Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence) each and every day. She was also selected for her continuing dedication to developing "Better Citizens for America", exceptional classroom management, outstanding instruction, and leadership to over 100 students, completing over 500 community hours for the 2011-2012 academic term. This dedication to the corps earned her unit the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit for the 2011-2012 school year.
Congratulations to you and your student who is about to finish 6th grade! There is one last requirement before your student can begin 7th grade.
Students currently enrolled in a Tennessee school and entering the 7th grade in August 2012 must provide the school an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate with proof of two additional immunizations:
Be 4 my student
Can start 7th grade
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Nashville has been selected as one of just 10 cities nationwide to join The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Food Research Action Center (FRAC) this May in Washington, D.C., for the Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool Meals Programs (CHAMP) Leadership Academy. The focus of the event will be how to implement or expand the Afterschool Meals Program; i.e., practical strategies to help children receive federally funded meals after school and on weekends. Braina Corke, assistant director of school nutrition at MNPS, will represent the district alongside representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Second Harvest Food Bank. A second event, with 11 different cities, will be held later in May in Chicago.
Following the leadership academies, cities and anti-hunger groups will be eligible to receive regranted funding (up to $60,000 per selected city) from the Walmart Foundation to help implement the ideas generated at the academy. To learn more about the program, click here.
Metro Schools Nutrition Services Department recently teamed up with the Tennessean and MTSU in a tweetup regarding childhood obesity. The goal was to raise awareness of the growing problem and find ways to help our young people live healthier. Check out these fun facts we shared.
Nutrition by Numbers:
And don't miss these great links:
Menu and Meal Prices
Glencliff High School's Academy of Medical Science & Research is working to raise awareness about diabetes. Throughout the year students have heard from a variety of guest speakers and participated in class assignments centered around diabetes. The Academy has planned a 5K for March 24 hoping to raise awareness beyond Glencliff High School. It is an official 5K with a certified race course. Learn more below.
See what's going on inside MNPS Coordinated School Health!
Tuesday, Jan. 18, the MNPS Office of Coordinated School Health received the first annual Pioneer Award at the NashVitality HEAL Summit. The award was given to honor the work that Coordinated School Health does to assist MNPS schools in establishing Healthy School Teams and health-related goals for students and staff.
Pictured (R-L) Nicole Proffitt, Susan Lyle, Johnsie Brewington
Caldwell Enhanced Option Elementary School is earning national recognition for its efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. The school recently received a kit packed with roughly $2,000 worth of easy to use cookware from the Partnership for a Healthier America. The organization is a nonprofit, nonpartisan convener across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to accelerate existing efforts addressing childhood obesity and to facilitate commitments toward First Lady Michelle Obama’s national target.
Earlier this school year, the students also received a special visit from Dr. Bernard Lafayette. Dr. Lafayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tenn., and Selma Ala., in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
West End IB World School is competing for a $5,000 grant to help solve hunger in the school community. Through the Brookside Foods Giving Back Challenge: Call for Community-Based Organizations, the students have submitted an “IDEA” that revolves around the expansion of the school’s community garden. If selected, West End will add raised beds and a greenhouse to the existing community garden, which will allow the students to grow more vegetables and herbs. The produce will be packed into students’ backpacks and sent home for health weekend meals.
Click here to see West End’s video and cast your vote.Voting is open until December 9, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a school garden? Join the newly-formed Nashville School Garden Coalition to learn more about:
When: November 10th, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Coleman Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane
Hosted by: The Nashville School Garden Coalition
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP by November 3rd to email@example.com or call 615-385-2286 ext. 226
From new community gardens to incorporating physical fitness into everyday classrooms and activities, the November issue of the Coordinated School Health newsletter is packed with good news and tips to keep our students healthy.
Nashville Big Picture High School’s Student Government Association is sponsoring a Breast Cancer Awareness walk Friday, Oct. 28, at 12:00 p.m. Students will walk a mile around the building and pass out pamphlets regarding breast cancer. Students and staff are also encouraged to wear pink in support. Mentors, community partners and parents are invited to join the Big Picture Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.
Glencliff High students and staff are well aware the importance of breast cancer awareness and hoping to help fund a local organization. Currently, students and staff can purchase pink ribbons for $1. For their purchase, students names are displayed on pink ribbons in the front hallway. All proceeds will go toward the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, Glencliff will go pink. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear the trademark color to show their support. Information on breast cancer awareness will be distributed in advisory for students to share with “a special lady” in their life to educate and bring awareness to those outside of Glencliff.
LEARN MORE ABOUT NUTRITION SERVICES
Serving more than 31 million children every school day, the federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals. The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards.
The “School Lunch – Let’s Grow Healthy” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP) to highlight all the components of well balanced school meals. The campaign features fun activity sheets and parent handouts.
For more information about healthy school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org .
As part of a class project, the students in the Academy of Global Communications at Hillsboro High School are releasing their first office news release. Check out their work:
Hillsboro hosts Community Health Fair
Join us on September 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for the 1st Annual “Health Fair”, located at Hillsboro High School. This event is FREE! There will be many informative booths, such as: Red Cross, Walgreens, who will be offering Flu-Shots, Whole Foods and healthy eating, water-quality testing, smoking cessation, height, weight, body mass index, and a First-Aid Kit table. There will also be a bake sale with lots of goodies to eat.
So, join us for a fun filled healthy event that can make a healthier you! This event is sponsored by The Academy of Global Health at Hillsboro High School.
The Hillsboro Cluster will have a community health fair Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hillsboro in the main gymnasium. Representatives from the Red Cross and Whole Foods will be present. Additionally, visitors can get eye exams by an optician and $25 flu shots from Walgreens. Other special health services will also be available.
Parents, remember there are new immunization requirements required by the state. Click here to review the requirements.
For most students, a lack of updated vaccination records by Monday, Aug. 22 will mean they cannot return to school until they turn in updated records.
To help families meet these requirements, Metro Health Department is adding nurses and opening a special Fast Lane Immunization Clinic. Here is the information from the Health Department:
Fast Lane ClinicLentz Public Health Center Auditorium311 23rd Avenue NorthMonday, August 297:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Immunizations Available DailyLentz, East & Woodbine Health Centers8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.More from the Health Department
From delicious fruit kabobs to how to make the most of your child's health habits at school, check out the Office of Coordinated School Health's August Newsletter.
The Nashville Predators donated $10,000 in Physical Education equipment to several MNPS high schools. Each high school physical education department received exercise tubes and bands, dumbbells, stability balls, medicine balls, activity mats and four- and six-inch fitness steps. This generous donation will continue to keep Metro School students healthy and physically fit.
Thank you to Nashville Predators and LP PENCIL Box!
Governor Bill Haslam announced plans earlier this week to boost the presence of CoverKids, a state program that provides low-cost, comprehensive health insurance for children. Click through to read the full news release.
Katerine Hernandez, a rising senior at Glencliff High School, won a Gold Medal at the Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America National Conference in Anaheim, California! Katerine competed with students from across the nation in the Nutrition and Wellness event and earned the top score in the Southern Region.
Here's some exciting news for the new school year! United Neighborhood Health Services is opening health clinics in four Metro Schools this fall. The organization was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration. The school-based clinics will open at Hunters Lane High School, McGavock High School, Haynes Middle School and Rose Park Middle School. The centers will provide health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities, and care for acute or chronic illnesses, all at no cost to students.
Don't lose your green thumb this summer. Come help Glencliff High School manage its extensive garden project with a few hours of volunteer time. You could end up going home with an armload of fresh vegetables in return!The Glencliff Garden project teaches students (and adults) to cultivate fresh produce and how to keep a more healthy diet. But they need help to keep it going throughout the summer break. That's why they're asking you to join one of the "Adopt-a-Volunteer Days" offered all summer long!Sign up to be a volunteer leader for the day of your choice, bring together a group of your friends for an afternoon of garden volunteer work, and you can take home some of the very produce you work wtih!
June 5th-August 28thSunday Evenings5:00-8:00 p.m.
June 2nd-August 4thThursday Mornings7:00-10:00 a.m.Full details after the jump.
June 5th-August 28thSunday Evenings5:00-8:00 p.m.
June 2nd-August 4thThursday Mornings7:00-10:00 a.m.
MNPS’ six HealthierUS Schools Challenge award-winning schools and the district Food Services Department have been invited to Washington D.C. for efforts to promote healthier lifestyles! The group will participate in a HealthierUS School Challenge Reception at the White House on July 29. Click through to see a video from the award presentation earlier this spring!
To help with the immunization requirements for incoming 7th graders, kindergarteners and pre-K students, Metro Schools has teamed up with the Metro Public Health Department for a special clinic where your child can get all of the immunizations that he or she needs. They will also be able to get the immunization certificate required for entry into school this fall. For a full list of the new requirements, click here.
Bordeaux Enhanced Option School is celebrating “Read Me Week” and “National Nutrition Month” March 7-11, with several special guests! First, Chef David Owens, author of “The Adventures of Brocklee and The Little Chef, will host an assembly Monday, March 7, at 9 a.m. He will read, discuss and demonstrate tasty nutritional recipes and facts to the student body. Chef David will return Tuesday, March 8, for a follow-up presentation at 5 p.m., for a demonstration and discussion with the parents in regards to community health. The Bordeaux EOS library will be open Tuesday night from 5 - 7 p.m., for parents and students to purchase books. A special section will be open for students to create their own books!
Tuesday, Nov. 16, the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin visited Lockeland Elementary School to stress the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. The visit was in conjunction with part three of Nashville Public Television's Children's Health Crisis that will first air Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Health Director Dr. Bill Paul, and NPT Director Beth Curley were also on hand to encourage students and staff to lead healthier lifestyles.