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"GROW" Get Real on Wellness
Transcript of "GROW" Get Real on Wellness
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Get Real on Wellness
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Wellness Education
The interdisciplinary approach is one that unifies all courses within the school focusing on the common theme of health and wellness.
"The quality of food children eat has been shown to relate closely to overall positive growth and development." Identifying and increasing consumption of nutrient dense foods leads to:
Eating a healthy breakfast which includes dairy products that are lower in fat
Understanding food labeling
Balancing Calories and Portion Control
Eating a more colorful plate of fruits and vegetables
Decreases the onset of chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancers
While the Common Core prepares students to be college and career ready, by integrating ELA, Science, Math and Social Studies into other disciplines, GROW flips this idea by bringing health and wellness concepts into the core subjects to prepare students to be ready for life. The GROW Initiative along with high quality Health and Physical Education will address the whole child.
"Promoting physical activity creates an environment that enriches students' readiness to learn." 60-Minutes of physical activity daily provides:
Lower BMI and obesity rates
Improved attention spans
Increased cognitive development
Increased test scores
Less behavioral problems
Life long habits of healthy living
All disciplines can incorporate Brain Breaks by using short physical activity challenges in the classroom to help students actively learn and remember information.
The (GROW) Get Real on Wellness project integrates physical activity and nutrition concepts through lessons aligned with the Common Core Curriculum.
Math classes can analyze nutrition labels, calculate BMI and target heart rates.
In ELA class, teachers can utilize nonfiction anchor texts, sport analysis, descriptive writing, food journals, and current events in health and wellness.
Social Studies classes can use historical based wellness concepts from the affects of disease, migration, living conditions and major conflicts.
In science students can study cardiovascular endurance, body composition, eating disorders, sports nutrition, and exercise physiology through labs.
The GROW initiative is a shift in the cultural and educational norm which uses the systematic approach of the Coordinated School Health program.
This process brings together teachers, students, administrators, parents and the community to plan, develop and implement health-related activities, policies and programs to improve the health and wellness of the school and community.
The Business Model
Establishment of a GROW Committee
Develop aligned curriculum supported by state and local wellness policies
Provide training and tools for educators
Monitor and collect data on project performance and achievements.
Sustainability can be achieved through online updates and integration into the Common Core Standards.
Local businesses can support the GROW initiative through field trips and classroom visits.
Local colleges and universities can assist in data collection and health education events for students, parents and the community.
Local and State Health Departments can assist with educational policy development.
The State Education Department can hold schools accountable to ensure health and physical education mandates are in compliance.
Corporate sponsorships such as the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Fuel Up to Play 60, GENYOUTH Foundation, The Let's Move Initiative, and the Action for Healthy Kids to partner with teachers, students, parents and administrators to create resources and programs that promote wellness policies.
Goals & Outcomes
of the GROW Initiative
According to the Wellness Impact Executive Summary, quality Health and Physical Education should be mandated for all students in all grades and integrated throughout the curriculum.
Through the GROW initiative, we would advocate for certified Health and Physical Education teachers to oversee in the development and integration of the wellness curriculum to ensure alignment with state and national standards.
The ultimate goal of the GROW Initiative is to create a culture where health and wellness concepts are valued and integrated through the mandated Common Core Curriculum modules as defined by the state. Good health during the childhood years is essential to support not only their success in the classroom, but throughout their life.