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Schools Create Wellness Plans at New Era Field
Assemblyman Kearns speaks to attendeesLocal school wellness committees from 22 school districts had the opportunity to come together at New Era Field and create an action plan to create a culture of wellness in their schools thanks to The Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Program at Erie 1 BOCES. The Wellness Workshop trained committees on their role in developing and implementing wellness policies. 

Kate Huber, School Wellness Coordinator at Erie 1 BOCES welcomed participants and gave an overview of why school wellness matters, specifically how it impacts academic achievement and behavior.   Dr. G. James Lemoine, Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Management, was the main presenter for the day.  His presentation focused on how to build a well-functioning wellness committee as the basis for implementing meaningful and sustainable change around school wellness. 

Following Dr. Lemoine’s presentation, the committees had time to work together to define member roles and responsibilities and create a plan to be implemented in their schools.  Participants were also provided physical activity breaks, in keeping with the wellness theme and had the opportunity to win valuable prizes for their schools.

The Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 included regulations mandating that schools have wellness committees who implement and develop a comprehensive policy at the building level. These policies must be implemented by June 30, 2017. 

The committees came together as a large group after the breakout sessions to share their ideas and network with other school districts. 

The goal of Creating Healthy Schools and Communities, a New York state grant program, is to implement strategies and practices to increase demand for and access to healthy, affordable food and daily physical activity in high-need school districts and communities.

“It was so inspiring to see the passion the school staff have for creating cultures of wellness in their school communities,” said Huber.

Attendees echoed Huber’s excitement and inspiration. Participants remarked on how engaging and meaningful the workshop was. 

The day was a collaboration between Erie 1 BOCES, Erie 2 BOCES and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo also help to sponsor the event. The Buffalo Bills provided the space and gave the participants a tour of the stadium after the workshop. New York State Assemblyman Michael Kearns also spoke to attendees. 

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