The Millbrae Elementary School District’s Wellness Program is working to improve the wellbeing of the District’s students and staff. The goal of the school wellness program is to improve academic success through ensuring students maintain optimal health. The Wellness Program is served by a middle school counselor and an elementary counselor, an elementary school PE instructor, a district school nurse. You can contact these program leaders here:
The Wellness Program is developing and implementing several student and staff wellness projects:
Safe Routes to School - the Safe Routes to School program works to improve student pedestrian safety and to encourage students to walk/bike to/from school. Read more...
Coordinated School Health Committee -
Consisting of PE teachers, parents, the school nurse, counselors, administrators, and the wellness coordinator, the District’s Coordinated School Health Committee works on implementing a Coordinated School Health Model, improving school-site wellness by addressing health issues, and providing support on wellness promotion projects. The committee is currently updating the District’s School Wellness Policy to include required and desired updates. If interested in becoming a Wellness Committee member, please contact the Wellness Coordinator.
Comprehensive Health Education - health education is important to academic success in that development of a healthy body and mind prepares students to perform their best in and out of school. The wellness program is promoting health education in many ways:
- Physical Education - the elementary PE teacher ensures the K-5 students get the required number of minutes of PE, promotes physical activity outside of class and school, provides knowledge on how the body works and the importance of keeping it healthy, instills concepts of good nutrition, and conducts the annual Physical Fitness Testing (PFT). Here are the results for the 2013/14 PFT and a trends summary for the past five years.
- Family Health - the wellness program has assisted the district in developing its middle school family health/sex education program with the adoption and purchase of the HealthConnected Teen Talk curriculum and with teacher training and assistance in implementing the program. The wellness program is also assisting with implementing a comprehensive puberty education for 5th graders using the yet-to-be-adopted PubertyTalk curriculum.
- Social and Emotional Learning - the middle school and the elementary school counselors offer a variety of programs that help to develop the social fabric in which students and staff interact and they provide emotional tools and support useful in maneuvering student issues.
- Classroom Health Education - the goal of the wellness program is to offer access to the resources needed for health to be integrated into the regular classroom lessons. The wellness coordinator has researched available curriculum and is reaching out to classroom teachers with resources and expertise in implementation. One resource made available is the online Health Teacher curriculum.
- Cooking and Nutrition Education - the wellness program has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club afterschool program to offer a weekly cooking and nutrition class. Millbrae's foodservice department will be joining the partnership in 2015 to offer a Future Chefs Cooking Challenge that will allow students and parents to explore good nutrition through the culinary arts.
Healthy Classroom Celebrations – recognizing the tradition of classroom celebrations is important and the wellness program supports the choosing of healthy celebratory foods. Here are a few tools useful in promoting healthy celebrations:
- The wellness program is working to include clear policy in the updated School Wellness Policy that will encourage healthy celebrations;
- Parents and staff will receive the Healthy Classroom Celebration flyer to help them in choosing healthy foods;
- Classrooms can promote healthy foods and physical activity by checking out the District's new Bike Blender, as seen demonstrated here:
School Health Index Assessment – Each school site is participating in the process of preparing a School Health Index (SHI). These assessment will provide insights into the successes and challenges of student wellness promotion and will result in a health action plan for each school site. Once completed in 2015, the results will be posted here.
Improving the school meal program - The Taylor Middle School food group (2012-14) has completed two Taylor School Food Surveys (2012/13 Survey, 2013/14 Survey) and presented the results to the School Board, Superintendent, and the Nutrition Services Director. Their 2012/13 School Board presentation can be viewed here and their 2012/13 results here. Their 2013/14 results are available here. These survey results are being used to inform the school meal program. Input on the surveys or meal program can be directed to the Food Service Director.
Student Health Services - The District Nurse is stationed at Taylor Middle School but also makes regular visits to all the school sites to provide on-site health services. Besides the numerous minor student ailments treated by the nurse every day, she also manages the District's more chronic health cases, offers family support, provides ongoing education and updates on current health issues in our community, and is engaged in the implementation of the District's Family Health Education program.
Family Wellness University - The Millbrae School District partnered with the Peninsula Health Care District to offer a three part wellness series for parents. The topics that were covered were nutrition, physical activity, childhood wellness, sleep, and stress reduction. It is planned that this series will be offered again at chosen Principal Coffees. Here are the classroom materials (Spanish)