What is a Healthy School Team? The purpose of a Healthy School Team (HST) is to utilize faculty and staff in each school building who are considered leaders in each of the 8 CSH health components in order to identify and address health needs.
Each Healthy School Team in Sumner County will focus on 3 goals:
1. Fighting Obesity: Currently, schools are focused on implementing the Rethink Your Drink (RTYD) campaign in order to educate Sumner County students, staff, and parents of the harmful effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages and to encourage healthier beverage options.
Rethink Your Drink coincides with a Tennessee Department of Health - Project Diabetes grant that will provide refillable water bottle stations for every school in Sumner County. Every student and staff member in the county will also receive a free water bottle through a partnership with the Sumner County Highway Department and a grant from TDOT’s Litter Prevention campaign.
2. Staff Wellness: Healthy staff are positive health role models for students. Teachers and other school employees are charged with educating and caring for one of our most precious assets – our students. Therefore, it is imperative that school employees are supported in their efforts to stay healthy and active so that they can do their job most effectively.
Each Healthy School Team will implement a staff wellness program at their school.
Wellness opportunities such as health assessments, health and nutrition education, and physical fitness activities can be provided to all school staff, including the administrators, teachers and support personnel, to improve their health status. These opportunities encourage staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health status, improves morale, and promotes a greater personal commitment to the health of students by serving as positive role models.
Goal Ideas for Staff Wellness include:
1. After school aerobics, yoga, dance classes, fit clubs, etc
2. Staff Fitness Challenges (Weight loss challenge, walking challenge, 30 Day Water Challenge included in the ReThink Your Drink Toolkit, etc)
3. Walk Teams
4. Educational activities for school staff members on healthy lifestyle behaviors, eating, physical activity, and injury prevention.
5. Work with administration and vendors to provide more nutritional options in staff vending machines.
6. Establishment of peer support groups for weight management, stress management, tobacco-use cessation, family guidance, and other identified issues.
7. Time during the school day, such as “release time,” during which teachers and other staff members can participate in health-promoting activities.