Nebraska Healthy Schools Program Recognizes 38 Award Winning Schools
Healthy Children Learn Better
On October 20, 2020 the Nebraska Healthy Schools Program recognized 38 Award Winning Schools who prioritize the health and well-being of schools across Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Healthy Schools Program has recognized for their exemplary efforts in promoting and supporting healthy school environments.
“At no other time in our recent history has the health and well-being of our school communities been more critical for student success than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for communities, schools, and families to work together to ensure that children’s physical, social-emotional, and mental health needs are being met. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize schools that prioritize the education of the whole child, working to support students to ensure they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged,” said Jessie Coffey, Registered Dietitian and Whole Child Coordinator at the Nebraska Department of Education.
Gold Award Winners
In addition to recognizing schools for their wellness efforts, school staff, community members, public health professionals, and health advocates joined their peers in a virtual Healthy School Conference to learn about best practices for promoting whole child efforts for staff, students, and families. Conference sessions addressed the current pandemic and health challenges in our schools and strategies to create a new normal while supporting the needs of the whole child.
The Nebraska Healthy Schools Whole Child conference session recordings are available here for viewing.
If you are a Nutrition Services professional needing a certificate for professional standards, please contact Miranda McNiel at miranda.mcniel@Nebraska.gov for a certificate after viewing the sessions.
School Wellness Policy
- Summary of the Final Rule – July 2016
- Local School Wellness Guidelines Overview: Elements of Implementation
- Nebraska Local School Wellness Policy Training Resources
- Public Notification Tip Sheet
- Ten Essentials
- USDA FNS Website – Team Nutrition Local School Wellness Policy
- USDA School Meals Website
- USDA Local School Wellness Policy
- Local School Wellness Policy Progress Reporting Tool: This tool is intended to help schools and district wellness councils track progress and compliance of wellness policies and practices.
- Local School Wellness Policy Public Update Guide: This document provides support for meeting the public update requirements of the final rule. Districts can utilize this resource to guide the development of a webpage to report and inform the public about the LWP and annual updates.
- Healthier Generation’s 10 essential components of the local school wellness policy check-list to ensure all 10 USDA required components are included.
A Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) model consists of eight interactive components. Schools by themselves cannot, and should not be expected to address the nation’s most serious health and social problems. Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth and young people themselves also must be systematically involved. However, schools could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people.