Ten Middle Schools Could Participate In Nutrition And Fitness Pilot Program

August 12, 2008

The Houston Independent School District school board will vote Thursday on a plan to use a new grant to improve nutrition and fitness for middle school students.
The HISD Board of Education will consider a $68,000 grant from Dairy MAX and the National Dairy Council, non-profit organizations representing dairy producers, to study the effects of improved nutrition and increased physical activity on students at 10 HISD middle schools. The participating schools have not been decided.
The money would help improve access for students to non-fat and low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It also will help the 10 middle schools develop physical activities that appeal to students.
If the school board approves the plan Thursday, each school will establish an adult supervised student committee to come up with fun and innovative approaches to get students engaged in physical activities for at least 60 minutes a day and to make better food choices.
All students in the 10 schools will have the opportunity to participate in the two-year pilot program. Data on health and fitness will be collected before and after the program begins. Information also will be collected on participation in the school meal program and amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy products sold in the school cafeterias. The program will provide incentives to participating students. Dairy MAX will have resources available for schools through on-site, phone and Internet assistance.
The HISD Board of Education will vote on the program at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Board Auditorium.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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