Celebrating Heroes for Healthy Schools!

May 02, 2011



  

This year, Healthy Schools Campaign teamed up with Chicago Public Schools and the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, to present Heroes for Healthy Schools: Coming together for student wellness and achievement, a series recognizing National Minority Health Month and focusing attention on the role everyone can play in ensuring that all children are able to succeed in school and live healthy lives.

The enthusiasm we saw in Heroes for Healthy Schools — from students racing through soccer and running events to individuals across the Chicago coming togehter to discuss health disparities and education at our citywide forum — continue to energize the dicussion of health disparities and student wellness at a local and national level.

To learn more, check out the video above and read a few highlights from the week:

Heroes for Healthy Schools also gave us the opportunity to spotlight the remarkable work of individuals  making a difference for kids’ wellness, at school and in the community. Check out profiles of a few of the inspiring heroes we met!

Chef Lovely brings messages of healthy eating and nutrition to Chicago students through Chef in the Classroom. Read more »

Principal Nicole Feinberg and her colleagues focus on making wellness a priority for their students. Read more »

Rodney Taylor, Farm to School Pioneer, led a successful launch of salad bars bringing students access to local fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Read more »

Marlene Diaz, school nurse, fostered partnerships to make wellness part of her school experience. Read more »

Chef Stephanie Izard brings healthy eating lessons to local students through Chef in the Classroom. Read more »

Dolores Navarro, teacher, makes physical activity and nutrition messages a regular part of her classroom. Read more »

Professor Chalres E. Basch is pioneering research on health and education disparities. Read more »

John Neal, P.E. teacher, is forging new community partnerships to bring physical activity opportunities to students. Read more »

Thanks to everyone who helped make Heroes for Healthy Schools such a success! Stay posted for more profiles of on-the-ground heroes nominated throughout this celebration.

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