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Wellness Committee

Brown’s PTA Wellness Committee

 

Brown’s Wellness Committee’s mission is to promote wellness for students, staff and the community. Areas of focus have been on physical wellness as well as environmental wellness.

 

Past projects:

  • The first salad bar in a DPS cafeteria
  • Healthy cooking demonstrations, nutrition student assemblies and cooking classes
  • Teacher tips for non-food classroom rewards and incentives
  • One of the first schools in DPS to implement recycling and composting bins
  • School & Community Garden and student-run farmers markets

 

Current Projects:

  • Educating students and parents about healthy food choices (see Healthy Snacks and Healthy Celebrations resources)
  • Promoting allergy-awareness
  • Promoting physical activity at recess through volunteer Recess Rangers and special events such as Field Day, and the MileHigh5 Race.
  • Promoting biking and walking to school, esp. on National Bike to School and National Walk to School Days, as well as Earth Day.
  • Identifying ways of improving our water fountains and hand-washing facilities and practices.
  • Educating & monitoring recycling and composting at all Brown events
  • Supporting the School and Community Garden through fall and spring workdays and special dine-out at Chipotle.

 

For 2014-15, the PTA has set aside $2,500 for wellness-related funding requests. The Wellness Committee is currently researching possible projects in this area. If you have other ideas and/or are interested in helping the Wellness Committee, please contact PTAWellness@gmail.com

 

Upcoming Wellness Volunteer & Event Calendar:

  • Compost & Recycling Monitors for the Harvest Festival Oct 24th
  • Healthy Halloween tips: http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/halloween.pdf
  • Compost & Recycling Monitors for Thanksgiving Cafeteria Lunch Nov 24th
  • Healthy Holiday tips
  • Healthy Valentines tips
  • TCAP- healthy snacks provided by PTA March 10-April 10
  • Healthy Easter tips
  • Earth Day Activities April 22
  • Field Day May 1st
  • Mile High 5 Fun Run, 5k, and 5mile race at Sloan’s Lake May 2015?
  • Bike to School Day May 6, 2015

 

 

 

Stuck for Snacks?snack

 

Most classrooms at Brown take a snack break for students to fuel their bodies and brains between meals. Whether your classroom shares a group snack, or you pack something extra in their lunch, consider providing a nutritious food that is high in protein, fiber, and vitamins, and is low in sugar, salt and trans-fats. Because classrooms and desks are sometimes shared, please make sure the snack doesn’t contain common allergens like nuts. Stuck for ideas? Here are a few suggestions of healthy snacks compiled by the Brown PTA Wellness Committee and school nurse, Kristina Polizotto:

 

  • Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • Apple or pear wedges sprinkled with cinnamon or served with yogurt dip
  • Avocado chunks or half an avocado sprinkled with lime juice or lemon pepper
  • Carrot sticks or celery with cream cheese & raisins
  • Cereal or Granola (low-sugar, high fiber brand. NO NUTS)
  • Cheese sticks or cheese cubes
  • Cinnamon or raisin toast with cream cheese
  • Cottage cheese with canned fruit (w/o sugar)
  • Dried fruit (apricots, banana chips, figs, prunes, raisins, mango etc.)
  • Eggrolls, spring rolls or pot stickers (NO PEANUT SAUCE)
  • Fresh Fruit (apples, bananas, blueberries, tangerines, mangos, oranges etc.)
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Graham Crackers w/cream cheese
  • Jerky (turkey or beef -check for artificial ingredients, sugar and salt levels)
  • Muffins – whole grain (NO NUTS)
  • Mixed fruit snack cups (w/o sugar)
  • Popcorn, Pretzels or other Snack Mix (NO NUTS)
  • Quesadillas (try whole-grain or corn tortillas)
  • Tortilla Chips (plain) with salsa, guacamole, or low-fat bean dip
  • Veggies (carrots, red peppers, snap peas) w/hummus, or salad dressing
  • Whole Grain crackers (like Triscuits) with hummus or cheese
  • Yogurt (try low-sugar varieties or add your own fruit)

 

Need more ideas? See:

 

 

Classroom time is precious! Therefore it is encouraged to celebrate your child’s birthday outside of the classroom. Please check with your child’s teacher to discuss how they would prefer to celebrate birthdays, and how it would least likely interrupt classroom learning. If you’d like to offer a healthy treat, please be sure to confirm what food allergies are present in your class. For more ideas on healthy classroom celebrations see:

 

¿Pensando en que mandar para la merienda?

 

La mayoría de los salones de clases en Brown toman un descanso y merienda para los estudiantes para alimentar sus cuerpos y cerebros entre las comidas. Ya sea que su aula comparte un refrigerio grupo , o empacar algo extra en su almuerzo , pensar en ofrecer un refrigerio nutritivo que es alta en proteínas , fibra y vitaminas , y es bajo en azúcar, sal y grasa. Debido a que las aulas y escritorios son a veces compartidos , asegúrese de que la merienda no contiene alérgenos comunes como las nueces . Pensando en que mandar? Aquí está una lista de sugerencias para meriendas saludables recopilados por el Comité de Bienestar PTA Brown y la enfermera de la escuela, Kristina Polizotto :

 

• Puré de manzana

• manzana o pera cuñas con canela o salsa de yogurt

• trozos de aguacate o la mitad de un aguacate rociado con jugo de lima o limón pimienta

• Palitos de zanahoria o apio con queso crema y pasas de uva

• Cereal o Granola ( bajo contenido de azúcar , marca de alta fibra.)

• Palitos de queso o cubos de queso

• La canela o pan de pasas con crema de queso

• El requesón con frutas enlatadas (sin azúcar)

• Los frutos secos (albaricoques , chips de plátano , los higos , las ciruelas pasas , pasas de uva , mango , etc )

• empanadillas , rollitos de primavera o empanadas chinas (NO salsa de maní )

• Frutas (manzanas, plátanos , arándanos, mandarinas , mangos, naranjas , etc )

• Huevos duros

• Galletas Graham con crema de queso o galletas integrales (como Triscuits ) con hummus

• Desigual ( pavo o carne de res – cheque por ingredientes artificiales , el azúcar y los niveles de sal )

• Muffins – grano entero (sin nueces )

• Mezcla de copas de aperitivo de frutas (sin azúcar)

• Palomitas de maíz, pretzels y pasas u otra mezcla del bocado

• Quesadillas (prueba tortillas de grano entero )

• Tortilla Chips (normal) con salsa, guacamole, o baja en grasa salsa de frijoles

• verduras (zanahorias , pimientos rojos, guisantes rápidos , tomates ) con hummus , o aderezo bajo en grasa

• Yogur

 

¿Necesita más ideas? ver :

• http://cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/healthy_school_snacks.html

 

• http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/storage/documents/parent-toolkit/SnacksF3A.pdf

 

Si desea celebrar el cumpleaños de su hijo en la escuela, por favor considere que ofrece aperitivos saludables similar o anfitrión de una celebración de cumpleaños con dulces fuera del aula. Por favor, consulte con el maestro de su hijo para discutir la forma en que prefieren celebrar los cumpleaños , y cómo sería menos probable que interrumpa el aprendizaje en clase . Si desea ofrecer una golosina saludable , confirma lo que las alergias alimentarias están presentes en su clase. Para más ideas sobre las celebraciones en el aula saludables ver :

 

• http://cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/policy_options_healthycelebrations.html

 

 

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