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Make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bike and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students readiness to learn in school.
Interested in starting SRTS activities at your school? Contact Amanda Ng.
A program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objective of serving fresh locally grown produce as part of the school meals program through the school cafeterias. Improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education, and supporting local and regional farmers are all part of a successful farm to school program. Each farm to school program is unique and shaped by its community, existing programs, and school food service director.
Farm to school can incorporate such things as:
- Waste management programs such as composting;
- Experiential education opportunities such as activities in school gardens;
- Classroom cooking demonstrations and/or afterschool cooking clubs;
- Farmer visits to classrooms and/or fieldtrips to area farms;
- Classroom shopping at farmers market.
Visit the Ann Arbor Farm to School Collaborative online for more information about current activities.
Washtenaw Alive is the suicide prevention planning collaborative of Washtenaw County. Facilitated by Washtenaw County Public Health, members from around the county have come together to build and implement the Washtenaw County Suicide Prevention Plan.
In order to achieve the district’s primary mission of education and academic achievement, students and staff need to be physically, mentally and socially healthy. This is best accomplished through a systems approach that addresses program, policy, services and environment issues. As a result, a district-wide Coordinated School Health Team consisting of the following eight components was formed: Health Education, Physical Education, Health Services, Parent and Community Involvement, Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, Nutrition Services, Healthy School Environment and Health Promotion for Staff.
For more information, contact Charles Wilson.