News from June Wrap-up at HealthCorps’ Schools

Posted 07/18/2013 | By HealthCorps

Woodrow Wilson High School wins Green Ribbon
HealthCorps’ Woodrow Wilson High School, in Washington D.C., was recognized last month by the Department of Education and the White House as a Green Ribbon School award recipient.

Woodrow Wilson was one of 64 schools to receive Green Ribbon recognition from the Department of Education for its exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including STEM, green careers and civics.

Representatives from honored schools and districts received sustainably crafted plaques and banners in recognition of their achievements. “Together, healthy, safe and modern facilities combined with wellness practices like outdoors physical activity, nutritious food and hands-on environmental learning form a strong foundation for a quality education. These schools and districts exhibit best practices to reduce costs and increase achievement, health and equity, for all schools, not just aspiring green schools,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Congratulations to Coordinator Micheline Tocco and Woodrow Wilson High School on this significant achievement.

Benson High School in Oregon Showcases Year End Success
Many changes have been made in a yearlong effort to increase health and wellness at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon.

Schedules were changed so that all freshmen would take physical education, and the curriculum was updated to engage students with a better variety of activity and knowledge about their health. From the beginning, the physical education teachers and HealthCorps coordinator Amy Barras asked students to set goals and track their accomplishments amidst these changes, and after 9 months, the final numbers are in!

The freshman class of around 250 students lost a total of 1,233 pounds; on average each student decreased their mile run by 2 minutes from their time at the beginning of the year; and lost a total of 1.5% of body weight.

Congratulations on your hard work Benson!

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