Healthier US School Challenge
Four Knox County Schools were recognized for earning the USDA's Healthier US School Challenge Award for offering healthier school environments for students. Halls Middle School earned a Silver award and Gresham Middle, Farragut Primary and Gibbs Elementary earned Bronze Awards. USDA representative Tim Moat presented the awards to the school's Principal, Cafeteria Manager, Healthy School Team Leader, Health Educators and Physical Education Teacher. Congratulations! Pictured right are attendees at Gresham Middle's ceremony: Dr. Clifford Davis, Health Educator Ani Roma, Team Leader and PE Teacher Genell Crawford, Cafeteria Manager Tina Dyer and Principal Donna Parker.
Knox County Youth Health Board Seeks Youth Leaders
Coordinated School Health and the Knox County Health Department are now accepting applications for the Youth Health Board for the 2013-14 school year. We are looking for high school students that demonostrate strong leadership skills, a commitment to the community, and an interest in health to join the team. Two representatives from each high school in Knox County will be accepted. The application deadline is April 15th. The form can be found in the Youth Health Board folder on the CSH Website.
2013 Youth Health Conference and New Parent Track
Healthy S.W.A.G. (Students Working to Achieve Greatness) Youth Health Conference will be held on Saturday, March 9th from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Central High School and is open to the first 200 middle and high school students to register. The day will consist of interactive workshops, giveaways, door prizes and lunch. Jamar Rogers (pictured right) from the TV show The Voice will open the conference. Student workshop content will include Healthy Communication, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Distracted Driving, and Social Media. Learn the new Let's Move Flash Mob!
The Parent Track will include guest speakers such as Dr. Bob Overholt from the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center; Dr. Christopher Nolte, Comprehensive Sleep Wellness Center; Tami Bland, MSN, CPNP; KAPPI and Project GRAD.
Registration is required for this FREE event and the deadline has been extended to March 4th. Community service hours are available for attending this event. The registration forms for students and parents are located in a folder on the CSH Webpage.
Conference Sponsors include TENNderCare, Knox County Health Department, Knox County Schools Coordinated School Health and School Nutrition, Project GRAD, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Volunteer State Health Plan and the Youth Health Board
2013 eWellness Staff Campaign
The 2013 eWellness staff campaign will begin with a kick-off event on January 14th at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center. An optional limited seating session will be offered on January 15th at the same time. Both events will begin with an optional health screening from 3:30-4:25 p.m. UT Medical Center will provide support for the screenings. Sponsor vendors will be set up during January 14th only. The main event will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and will focus on how to utilize the on-line eWellness resource. During the 8-week challenge, four special events will be held at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (Feb. 4 & 11 and March 4 & 11). UT Medical Center's Healthy Living Kitchen will be featured at these special events along with local fitness experts. West Valley Middle School was the winner of last year's school participation award sponsored by Walgreen's Take Care Clinic.
2012 Walk to School Day
International Walk to School Day was celebrated in 20 Knox County Schools on October 3rd. The day of awareness provides an opportunity to promote family engagement, safety, healthy lifestyle choices and a cleaner environment. Incentives for schools were provided by the Safe Routes to School Coalition, SafeKids of Greater Knoxville through a partnership with FEDex, and Coordinated School Health. Extra crossing guard support was provided by the City of Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Dr. Jim McIntyre joined parents and students for a walk at Norwood Elementary. Other participating schools include A.L. Lotts, Bearden Elementary, Bell Morris, Bluegrass, Corryton, Christenberry, East Knox, Fort Sanders Educational Center, Fountain City, Hardin Valley Academy, Halls Middle, Halls High, Lonsdale, Maynard, Sarah Moore Greene, Sequoyah, South Doyle Middle, West Valley Middle and West Hills Elementary.
2012 Child Health Week October 1-7
The State of Tennessee is celebrating Child Health Week October 1-7. This year's theme is titled "A Healthy Tennessee Begins with a Healthy Me!" In honor of Child Health Week, the Cardiac Kid's After School Clubs at Norwood Elementary, Adrian Burnett Elementary, East Knox Elementary and West Haven Elementary participated in a Jump-a-Thon sponsored by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. Cardiac Club is a partnership between Coordinated School Health, Tennova Healthcare, KCS Health Services and School Nutrition and the University of Tennessee Department of Nutrition.
2012-13 Annual CSH Luncheon
The 6th Annual Coordinated School Health Luncheon, sponsored by Tennova and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, was held on Wednesday, August 8th at the Foundry. Outstanding acheivement awards were presented by Superintendent Jim McIntyre and members of the School Health Advisory Council. Schools recognized include: A.L. Lotts Elementary, Gap Creek Elementary, Gibbs Elementary, Lonsdale Elementary, Mooreland Heights Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, West Hills Elementary, Holston Middle, Hardin Valley Academy and Farragut High School. The Amy Brace Health Leadership Award, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee, was awarded to Genell Crawford, Gresham Middle School. Dr. Kathy Brown presented the results of the 2011-12 Body Mass Index Screenings in Knox County Schools. The summary report can be found on the CSH website.
Let's Move! Knoxville
The second annual Let’s Move event will be held on Saturday, May 4th at Victor Ashe Park and Holston Chilhowee Ballpark from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Participants will receive a free Walk with Walgreens kit and participate in a pedometer challenge. The Home Depot will provide a free vegetable plant per family and hold a drawing for a gas grill. Subway will provide concessions.
Let’s Move, inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Obesity Prevention Campaign, was the first event of its kind held in Knoxville. Each park hosted a greenway of over 70 physical activity and nutrition education stations led by Knox County Physical Education Teachers, Physical Therapists, Nutritionists and community athletic groups. Over 1,000 students and families attended the event. Let’s Move Webpage.
Department Web Pages
Healty S.W.A.G. Registration forms for students and parents. Deadline extended until March 4th!
Seasonal News and Recipes
Resources from the 2012 Summer Conference
Resources from the 2012 CSH Institute
Contains the KCS Wellness Policy with approved food items for parties and celebrations, the Healthy Fundraising Tool Kit, and Teacher Nutrition Ed Resources