Warren Consolidated Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement.
The Board of Education recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Schools can play an important role in the developmental process allowing students to establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snack, supporting the development of good eating habits, and promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Kids
Do you know children who have good heart health practices are at lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases later in life?
Here are five heart-healthy lifestyle practices for a child or adolescent:
Limit screen time: Limiting screen time for kids encourages them to get involved in physical activi-ties.
Say no to smoking: Kids look up to their parents as role models, and often emulate their behavior pat-terns.
Watch what you eat: Kids are encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fiber to maintain a healthy diet. It’s important to avoid sweet-ened drinks and other processed food from an early age.
What’s your BMI: Your child’s body mass index (BMI) – calculated from a person’s weight and height – tells you if your child is obese or overweight.
Check your cholesterol: Recent guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics recommends cho-lesterol screening for all children between ages of 9-11, and sooner if your child is obese or has a concern-ing family history.
How to pack healthy school lunches for kids on a budget
Include a variety of healthful foods from all food groups.
Consider foods you already have in the house before shopping
Buy only the amount you are planning on consuming or that can be frozen for later
Check of coupons! Also find items on sale to use.
Be mindful of portion sizes and food safety practices
Most importantly HAVE FUN WITH FOOD!
Example Lunch Items That are Cheap, Easy and Healthy:
Low fat yogurt
Low fat cheese sticks
Fruit cups (packed in natural juices or light syrup)
What is Macomb Partners in Health? Macomb PIH Logo
Macomb Partners in Health was formed in March 2015 to improve care management and reduce the rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in Eastpointe, Roseville and Warren in Macomb County. Chronic diseases, when unmanaged, are detrimental to the health and livelihood of individuals; affect the emotional and economic well-being of their families and their community; have an economic impact on the productivity of a population. Furthermore, unmanaged chronic diseases increase health care cost for consumers, employers, and government.
2017-2018 WCS Wellness Initiatives
The District Wellness Committee recognizes schools for their participation in activities and events that promote health and wellness throughout the school year. Schools may use a wide variety of activities to cover many different areas of wellness. It is a goal of the District Wellness Initiative to not only encourage wellness for students, but to also promote wellness for staff and the local community.
At the June 6th Board of Education meeting, schools were recognized for their efforts based on the number of wellness activities in which the school/community participated. The award structure is modeled after the popular distance stickers that can be found on the back of cars displaying runners’ accomplishments:
Marathon status(participate in 10 or more activities)
Margaret Black Elementary
Green Acres Elementary
Holden YR Elementary
Siersma YR Elementary
Agnes Beer Middle School
Carleton Middle School
Carter Middle School
Grissom Middle School
Sterling Heights High School
Warren Mott High School
Half Marathon status(participate in 7-9 activities)
Willow Woods Elementary
Cousino High School
Career Prep Center
Community High School
MyPlate snack tips for parents
Snacks can help children get the nutrients needed to grow. Prepare snacks that include two or more food groups. For younger children, help them get just enough to satisfy their hunger. Let older kids make their own snacks by keeping healthy foods in the kitchen. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to help you and your kids select a satisfying snack.