A Great Way to Start Your Day: Breakfast, Stretching, Learning!

Wellness efforts in your school can be heartwarming.

Malletts Bay School has won $3,700 in grant funding from the New England Dairy & Food Council and Fuel Up to Play 60!

MBS student committee

MBS student committee

MBS will use the grant funds to bolster its “Breakfast in the Classroom” program—where students enjoy a healthy breakfast at the start of the school day—and to initiate a program where students will have “classroom stretch breaks” using Yoga4Classrooms Card Decks. (To read the formal press release from the New England Dairy & Food Council about this grant award, please click here.)

“Students who are able to have a healthy meal at the start of the day are better able to focus and learn throughout the day, and taking short breaks between lessons helps rejuvenate their bodies and minds,” said Jaycie Puttlitz, CSD’s wellness coordinator. “We support our students’ wellness and promote the importance of leading healthy, active lifestyles. We are proud of our Fuel Up to Play 60 student committee, which actively participates in implementing nutrition and fitness ideas for a healthier school environment.”

MBS students create heart-shaped pancakes

MBS student committee members create heart-shaped pancakes

The idea for heart-shaped pancakes for the Valentine’s Day-themed event came from the student committee, and the idea was implemented in every school in the district.


Members of the student committee with Principal Benay, Wellness Coordinator Puttlitz, and Director of Nutrition and Food Services Davis

Members of the student committee with Principal Benay, Wellness Coordinator Puttlitz, and Director of Nutrition and Food Services Davis

This isn’t the first time that the New England Dairy and Food Council has supported your schools. Last spring, the organization sent NFL alum Lamar Mills to Colchester Middle School to honor CSD’s Director of Nutrition and Food Services Steve Davis with its Program Advisor of the Year award and to encourage students to live healthy lifestyles (please click here to read that story and watch WCAX’s story about it).

Nutritious eating campaigns are not new to your school district, either; in addition to such initiatives as healthy recipe contests, a sweets-free celebrations pilot, and engaging multimedia presentations, Porters Point School’s grant-funded “In Shape and In Season program was a huge success, and the district has pursued and won grant funding to support a number of other nutrition-related initiatives, including a farm-to-school grant. Colchester High School’sFood: From Soil to Stomach” class has also garnered significant acclaim.

And as we’ve mentioned before, CSD’s food service program has been steadily making impressive improvements in recent years all while battling rising global food costs.

Wellness is a major component of the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017. Would you like to know more about what your schools are doing to promote and facilitate wellness? We have more than eighty Spotlight articles relating to wellness in our Wellness category, and we also have our aforementioned Wellness at CSD blog. Check them out!

For more information, please e-mail CSD’s wellness coordinator, Jaycie Puttlitz, at puttlitzj@csdvt.org.

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