Beryl Heights Elementary School Earns National Healthy Schools Silver Award
At Beryl Heights Elementary School, more than 200 staff members and students share a common goal: to walk or run a total of 100 miles over the course of the school year. This 100 Mile Club is just one of many initiatives at the school geared toward increasing opportunities for physical activity. Many girls in third through fifth grades participate in Girls on the Run, and staff organize warm-up activities for their students several mornings each week. The school replaced its food-based fundraisers with a popular obstacle course for all students. To promote healthy eating, Beryl Heights Elementary provides nutrition lessons and encourages students to try fruits and vegetables from the cafeteria salad bar. Healthy snacks are available at all staff meetings, and many school employees participate in a staff wellness challenge to increase their movement and eat better. With the help of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the school will continue to introduce more healthy changes. “The Healthy Schools Program helped us take a look at daily movement, eating habits, sleeping habits, and things that cause stress in students and staff,” said Karen Mohr, school administrator.