On October 20th, over 30 teachers from the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES system gathered at the North Franklin Educational Center for a school wellness training featuring presentations by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the North Country Healthy Heart Network. The day-long event focused on improving nutritional and physical activity opportunities.
Sean Brock of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation opened the day with a session entitled “So What About CSPAP?” or Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. Participants learned about strategies for improving physical activity opportunities and shared some of the unique activities that are happening in their schools. The goal, according to Brock, is to utilize five different areas of physical activity in order to produce a recommended 60 minutes of movement per day. Brock had previously delivered a training with Malone Elementary teachers during an October 2016 staff development day. The 2017 session expanded on that material and reached an entirely new audience.
Kat Haney, North Country Healthy Heart Network School Coordinator, delivered the afternoon session called “Make the Grade with Wellness Policy.” This workshop utilized visual aids to present the Final Rules for Wellness Policies which are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be implemented starting this school year. The interactive session not only presented the material, but also introduced ideas on how the rules can be put into practice and achieve results.