Start the School Year Right with HSC Events

August 19, 2015

Every new school year brings with it a chance to start fresh. And Healthy Schools Campaign is hosting several events for a wide range of audiences that will help everyone kick off the new school year on the right note. Whether you’re a classroom teacher hoping to incorporate health and wellness into the classroom, a parent looking for more info about school food, or a community member looking to make a difference, we have an event for you!

For teachers, we’ll offer several workshops throughout the fall as part of our Fit to Learn professional development program. On September 3, we’re hosting a Fit to Learn webinar on safe routes to school. This booster session will focus on tips and techniques for keeping kids safe while biking or walking to school as well as strategies for encouraging community support. The Active Transportation Alliance will lead this session and share their insights into how to keep kids moving and to be safe. On September 23, we’re hosting a workshop on physical activity in the classroom. This highly active and engaging booster session will focus on a variety of successful strategies to incorporate physical activity into your classroom. This session features experts in the field from Chicago Run, Girls in the Game and Urban Initiatives. Be prepared to move!

For parents, we’re hosting a meeting in collaboration with Office of Nutrition Support Services at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that will educate parents about how CPS works to make school meals a nutritious, delicious part of the school day. CPS has made big changes to its school meal program in recent years. Meals now feature more fruits and veggies, whole grains and other healthy options. Join us to hear about efforts to strengthen the school meal program, taste a few items from the menu and learn how you can make the school meal program work at your school.

To round out the fall events, HSC is hosting our annual Change for Good luncheon at Northern Trust on September 22. We are excited to welcome U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy as our keynote speaker. This fundraising luncheon will celebrate outstanding parents, teachers and principals and share successes and challenges in transforming school food, student fitness, schoolyards and classrooms in Chicago. Visit changeforgood2015.org to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor!