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Health and wellness initiatives in District 100 bring acclaim

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:09 p.m. CDT
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Maureen Gorman is wellness coordinator for School District 100.

The South Berwyn District 100 Wellness Committee in partnership with the Berwyn Park District presented our sixth annual Wellness Fair at Heritage Middle School March 14. This is the biggest event the District 100 Wellness Committee is involved in, and this year we felt the event needed a new focus. Our vendors were specifically targeted to our population, and activities were added to get kids and parents physically active. The night was filled with over 50 vendors offering information about healthy eating, physical health, emotional support, fire safety, youth recreational activities and much more. There were also performances from student dance groups, Zumba lessons and lacrosse demonstrations.

The more active approach to our Wellness Fair came after the USDA notified The Illinois State Board of Education in June 2012 that Berwyn South School District 100 had received the Gold with Distinction award—the highest honor possible—in the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) for six of the eight schools in District 100.

At the time of the award notification, only 10 schools in the state had received this honor, with District 100 holding six of those statewide titles, along with two out of 19 silver awards issued in Illinois. Our Breakfast in the Classroom program has also received amazing attention. Stan Fields, Mary Havis and Jim Swicionis were invited to the governor’s mansion for a School Breakfast Challenge ceremony. Our recognition for health and wellness initiatives, as well as academic initiatives, confirms that our students are receiving the best, well rounded education possible.

The District 100 Wellness Committee has worked to make health and wellness a priority in the lives of our students, staff and community. Every school is active in promoting a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness, with many schools providing “Family Fitness Nights” that include Zumba classes and yoga. Many students also have daily workouts in their classroom!

District 100 will continue to strive for excellence in wellness as we prepare for the future. Our committee looks forward to continuing to find new opportunities to bring health and wellness into the lives of our students.

Maureen Gorman is wellness coordinator for School District 100

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