Schools Celebrate Healthy Policy Changes at State-wide Summit

April 12th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Schools Celebrate Healthy Policy Changes at State-wide SummitFuelUpPoster

Eight school staffers from various schools were honored at the Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids Summit for their contributions to creating healthier schools through lasting policy changes that impact kids and their families.

Live Well Omaha Kids was there celebrating with six amazing schools:

  • Prairie Wind Elementary
  • Swanson Elementary School
  • Mary Our Queen School
  • Kiewit Middle School
  • Neihardt Elementary
  • Fontenelle Elementary


And, one very special district: Millard Public Schools.

These schools participated in the School Wellness Network and as a result, have moved their schools to adopt policy changes that encourage active and well-nourished students and staff. They accomplished this great feat by attending a series of Saturday workshops where thy received incentives and time away from the classroom that helped them keep moving forward.

The School Wellness Network marks its third year. It is funded by Live Well Omaha Kids and Alegent Creighton Health, and is made possible by expert support and countless volunteer hours from Hunger Free Heartland, the Douglas County Health Department, Midwest Dairy Council and Team Nutrition from the Nebraska Department of Education.

We are proud to share a brief look at their many accomplishments on behalf of students.


Prairie Wind Elementary

– Omaha Public Schools –

Healthy School Celebrations

Beginning in the 2013 – 14 school year, all students and families will bring non-consumable items for birthday celebrations. Non-food items are available for purchase at the school office and all food items brought to school will be sent home.


Swanson Elementary School

– Westside Community Schools –

Parent Community Club Support for Wellness

Swanson Wellness Action Team (S.W.A.T.) partnered with the Community Club to create a mission statement and implement written documentation to prioritize the development and implementation of healthy eating and physical activity policies, practices and programs within Swanson Elementary.


Mary Our Queen School

– Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha –

School Wellness Committee

Mary Our Queen identified the need for a school wellness committee and determined that by the 2013-2014 school year, the committee will be formed. Its operations will support and promote ongoing health and wellness of students in key events, school operations, and in the classroom.


Kiewit Middle School

– Millard Public Schools –

Teachers Drink Water for Health

Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Kiewit Middle School teachers will role model healthy drinking habits by only consuming non sugar-sweetened beverages in the presence of students. To kick start the change, staff participated in a Water Challenge for the month of February. Participating staff tracked their daily water intake with the goal of drinking 64 ounces of water each day.


Neihardt Elementary

– Millard Public Schools –

Physical Activity for All Students

Niehardt Elementary changed disciplinary action taken during recess. Recess will not be withheld from any student for more than one time per week or more than five minutes each recess. All students will participate in two, five-minute brain breaks during each school day.

Also, they created a new 5-4-3-2-1 GO! mural painted in their multi-purpose room.


Fontenelle Elementary

– Omaha Public Schools –

Breakfast & Walking Club Approved

Fontenelle Elementary implemented grab and go breakfast and now have more than 85% of students participating! Additionally, they approved a policy establishing a consistent and safe space for a student walking club. Thanks to this commitment, the walking club has grown in its membership and the students are now tracking their steps through a pedometer.


Millard Public Schools

Food and Nutrition Services

District Policy Supports Healthy Foods

Millard Public Schools revised the competitive food policy to include the new USDA guidelines that govern vending machines, fundraisers and school stores, etc. This policy is currently under review with the MPS School Board. Also, updated the District Wellness Committee policy rules prioritize wellness for the academic success of students. This policy is also under review with the MPS School Board.


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