Founding Principal Anne Gillespie participated in a webinar this morning organized by the Healthy Schools Campaign in which Principals and administrators from Chicago Public Schools and the Healthy Schools Campaign shared their insights on Wellness policies in schools and the role of the community. They addressed successful development and implementation of food, fitness and wellness policies as well as the role of parents in these programs.
Principal Gillespie spoke to these topics alongside Principal Dana Butler of Ruiz Elementary, a Magnet Cluster School in the Pilsen/Little Village area, Rosa Ramirez, a Campaign Manager for the Healthy Schools Campaign and Jamie Tully, a School Wellness Specialist with Chicago Public Schools. The discussion was moderated by Alex Schaible, a Writer and Policy Analyst for the Healthy Schools Campaign.
By collaborating within the district and beyond, we can be greater than the sum of our parts. We are grateful for the partnership of the Healthy Schools Campaign in partnership and CPS in encouraging other schools to develop policies to improve the wellness of students and communities.
“With strong family engagement, schools—together with parents—can help students achieve academic achievement fueled by healthy habits that will last a lifetime. In 2004, Congress established a requirement that all school districts with a federally-funded school meals program develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity. In late 2012, the Chicago Board of Education adopted a new School Wellness Policy and passed a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy. Combined, these two policies represent a significant advance in Chicago Public Schools’ school food and fitness policy. But how are schools putting policy into action? And what role do parents have? Join us to learn more about these policies and hear first-hand from Chicago principals on their work to improve school food and fitness.”
– Healthy Schools Campaign.