Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools





Dear school administrators and school health teams,

At Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, we know that

good health and academic success go together.

Schools have the opportunity to help shape good

habits that can last a lifetime for our students. That’s

the reason that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

has created the Healthy Schools Program. It can

provide tools, resources and support to schools and

school health teams in the areas of nutrition, physical

activity and staff wellness.

The Healthy Schools Program recognizes that each

of our schools is unique. So the support the program

provides is customized to work effectively at each


All of us must work together to create a healthier

environment in our schools. Parents, students and

staff all have an important role to play in showing

and teaching healthy habits. Healthy students and

healthy staff achieve more together.

I hope you will consider having your school join the

Healthy Schools Program.


Superintendent Peter Gorman

Sam’s Club Offers Funding for

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools!

The Sam’s Club Giving Program supports organizations

that help prevent disease and promote

healthy living. Their recent gift to the Alliance for a

Healthier Generation will provide additional resources

in several communities across the country.

We are thrilled that Charlotte-Mecklenburg is

one of the counties that has been selected to receive

support through the Sam’s Club grant.

The first 40 schools to join the Healthy Schools

Program will receive substitute reimbursement for a

school representative to participate in the two fall

training sessions. CMS will also offer professional

development credit for those who complete the

trainings. Dates will be announced soon!

To learn more about how you can get involved,

hear from schools already enrolled in the program

and get access to free resources, keep reading!

Time is Running Out: Join the Healthy Schools Program Today!

Thanks to the support of Coordinated School Health Specialist Nancy Langenfeld, Charlotte-Mecklenburg

schools have the opportunity to enroll in the Healthy Schools Program at no cost by submitting the attached

signed agreement by June 10 th .

Participation in the Healthy Schools Program is an excellent way to gain assistance for your ongoing school

health efforts, secure free or discounted resources and receive recognition for your efforts. The North Carolina

Relationship Manager, Shauvon Simmons-Wright worked directly with 8 CMS schools this year to complete

their Coordinated School Health action plans and implement best-practices in the areas of: wellness

teams, school meals and snacks (including vending machines, healthy fundraisers and celebrations), employee

wellness, health and physical education, physical activity and before and afterschool programs.

There are spaces for 40 schools to join for the 2011-2012 school year. The enrollment deadline is

June 10 th . Send in the MOU on Page 5 and join the movement!

More About the Healthy Schools Program

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart

Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, was formed in 2005

as a response to the dramatic increase in prevalence of childhood obesity

across the nation. Currently, as many as 1 in 5 students in many

states meet the criteria for overweight.

The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program

has provided free training and resources to

districts across the country on how to successfully

increase physical activity and

healthy eating among students and staff

since 2006. Each school has access to: a

local Relationship Manager to guide the

School Wellness Council, experts in each

content area, membership discounts on

evidence-based resources as well as the

opportunity to apply for national awards.

The Healthy Schools Program outlines

the course of action for making sustainable changes in its Six

Step Process:

Step 1: Convene a school wellness council to plan and lead

implementation of the Healthy Schools Program in the school.

Step 2: Complete the Inventory in the Healthy Schools Builder to

identify areas for improvement.

Step 3: Develop an Action Plan based on what is important and

achievable in the school community.

Step 4: Identify resources that can facilitate implementation of the

Action Plan.

Step 5: Take Action! Follow the Action Plan to create a healthier school


Step 6: Celebrate Success! The Healthy Schools Program works with

schools to celebrate small victories and big successes along the way.

Connecting Your School With Local Resources


“My daughter normally takes the bus, but there was no way she was

going to miss the school’s walk-to-school day today!” said one Olde

Providence Elementary School parent when asked how her children

normally get to school. Dick Winters, Mecklenburg County Health Department’s

Safe Routes to School Coordinator, says this is more the

rule than the exception for Olde Providence’s monthly walk/bike to

school events. He has been working with Olde Providence’s Physical

Education Instructor, Peggy Furr, to help build participation by offering

pedestrian and bicycle safety classes to all 2 nd and 4 th graders at the


Winters also works with Cotswold Elementary on its monthly walks. The

weather cooperated so well that the school’s walk in April had over half

of the 620 student population on foot or bikes that day. There was a

noticeable reduction in

the number of cars

dropping students off,

which reduced congestion

and pollution

around the school.

More schools are looking

at incorporating

walking and cycling

into their routines.

Winters is a local resource

to help evaluate

a school’s setting

and the various ways

students and parents

might have to get to

and from school on foot or two wheels. Additional resources are available

to deal with infrastructure issues like sidewalks, signage, crossing

guards or other traffic calming needs. Contact Winters at 704-432-4596




Showing Students How Food Choices Affect

their Bodies and Minds


“I have struggled with the eating habits of school children for more than

3 years and finally figured out a way to make it fun for the students this

year,” said Heather Curtis-Sowell, 3 rd grade teacher at Smithfield Elementary.

“It is so hard to teach students to begin with, but when adding

in that many students eat only empty calories at breakfast, crash from

the sugar high right after lessons begin, eat more junk at lunch, can't

concentrate again afterwards and then fall asleep, it got really frustrating.

My hope is to bring

awareness to the students

and help them understand

how their choices affect their

bodies and minds.”

To do this she launched a

fruit and vegetable challenge

last fall. She divided her

class up into teams and

each team chose a name

and created a healthy food

poster. Now they are tracking

what they eat for lunch

(Curtis-Sowell signs off on their logs) and at home (parents sign off).

Students can earn up to five points a day for getting in their five fruits

and vegetables. At the end of each month the teams get together with

their calculators and tally up their points. Since they have been working

on learning division, they now calculate the average intake per student

as well as the individual, team and class totals. Now the class is challenging

other classes to take them on.

Curtis-Sowell has noticed a shift in her students since the project began.

“My students take pride in their food choices when picking items in the

lunch line. And it is carrying over to their homes. I’ve had parents get

really excited because their child is finally eating more healthy food. My

students have seen and felt the difference when they eat healthier

foods. They are better able to concentrate and focus on their work.”

“We try to do everything we can to promote healthy, active kids,” said

Principal Allison Harris. “We do Dancing with the Principal every week.

Rewards are all physical activity- five extra minutes of recess, dances,

even our field trips are active! We do brain breaks in the classroom and

we let kids have water bottles on their desks to keep them hydrated.

Everything we do here is based on brain research and being a part of

the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program fits in perfectly with that.”

Charlotte Students “Commit To Be Fit”


“This school has always had a focus on health,” said food services

manager Danielle Corbin. “A few years ago we won the Moose is Loose

competition to increase breakfast consumption. This year we won a

Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to help us do more programming on nutrition

and physical activity. We held a kick-off in the fall called the “Commit to

Be Fit” luncheon where we had students demonstrate different fun ways

to stay active like hula-hooping, karate and dancing. The message was

to play for 60 minutes a day– turn off the screens and go outside!”

The school then used the rest of

the funds to bring in a program

from the Discovery Place called,

“You are What you Eat.” This was

a program where 5th grade students

spent an entire day talking

about proteins, fats, sugars and

how to read food labels. The next

day the 5th graders became the

teachers and brought the younger

students into the science labs to

share the information.

They are gearing up for the endof-year

celebration where they will

be joined by members of the

Charlotte Panthers and they will taste test the new “Cambrosia” salad,

in honor of new Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.



Congratulations to the following schools for being the first CMS schools

to enroll in the Healthy Schools Program. They have successfully

completed their Coordinated School Health assessment and action

plans and they are actively working on creating a healthier school!

•Ballantyne Elementary School

•Elizabeth Lane Elementary School

•Highland Renaissance Academy

•Sedgefield Elementary School

•Sedgefield Middle School

•Smithfield Elementary School

•West Charlotte High School

•Whitewater Academy

How to Join the Healthy Schools Program:

Please sign and submit a Healthy Schools Program MOU to Shauvon

Simmons-Wright, NC Relationship Manager at Shauvon.Simmons- by June 10th. The MOU can be found

at the end of this document and can also be sent to you. If you have

questions feel free to contact Shauvon at 919-661-7944 or Nancy

Langenfeld, Coordinated School Health Specialist for Charlotte-

Mecklenburg Schools at 980-343-6269 or

Students must be healthy to learn.

And students must learn to be healthy.

The research is clear: healthy, properly nourished and fit students are

better able to concentrate on their work, attend school on a regular basis

and perform well in class and on tests. Simply put, you can better

achieve academic performance goals when the students and staff are

well nourished and physically active. While children’s health is not solely

dependent on their school, schools can have a significant impact by

creating an environment that fosters healthy behaviors among students

and staff.

Overweight and Obesity

An estimated 16% of youth are overweight to a degree that affects their

health. Being overweight can trigger or exacerbate a variety of chronic

medical conditions in school-aged children including asthma, joint problems,

Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression/anxiety

and sleep apnea. ,,

Why should schools care?

Severely overweight children miss four times as much school as normal

weight kids and often suffer from depression, anxiety and isolation

from their peers.

Absenteeism is directly linked to academic performance. A 2004 study

in Texas found that the higher the attendance rate in a given district,

all other things being equal, the higher the district’s pass rate

on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

Absenteeism that is a result of health issues related to childhood obesity

could lead to a potential loss in state aid of $95,000 per year in

an average size school district in Texas, and $160,000 per year in

an average California school district. The loss in state funding in

large cities could be much higher. For example, New York City

could lose about $28 million each year, while Chicago could forfeit

an estimated $9 million and Los Angeles an estimated $15 million.


Date: __________________

School Name:


City: ____________________

State: ______ ZIP:

Healthy Healthy Healthy Schools Schools Program


Memorandum Memorandum Memorandum of of Understanding



2011 2011-2012 2011 2012 School School School Year


Name of School Contact: ______________________________

Title: _______________________

Email: ____________________________________

Phone Number: (_____)

Participating in the Healthy Schools Program gives schools access to a

variety of experts, resources and support to help achieve the Healthy

Schools Program goals. The Healthy Schools Program staff is committed

to facilitating your team’s efforts to develop local solutions and strategies

over multiple years up to a maximum of four school years.

The Healthy Schools Program agrees to:

• Provide support and technical assistance to schools and school districts

to support their efforts to improve nutrition, physical activity

and staff wellness

• Recognize schools that meet the Healthy Schools Program Framework

• Broker local, state and national resources to support schools in implementing

action plans

• Provide support in aligning school and district policies and contracts

to our beverage and snack food guidelines intended to provide access

to healthier foods and beverages

The school listed above agrees to participate in the Alliance for a

Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program.

As a participating school, we agree to:

• Designate a school-level contact for the Healthy Schools Program

• Build and maintain a School Wellness Council that meets at least

every other month

• Ensure that School Wellness Council representatives participate in

all technical assistance sessions

• Complete the Healthy Schools Inventory

• Develop and implement an annual Action Plan that is aligned with

the Healthy Schools Program Framework

• Communicate regularly with our Relationship Manager

• Participate in Healthy Schools Program evaluation activities, as requested

• Commit to participating in the Healthy Schools Program for multiple

school years

Nothing in this memorandum of understanding shall be deemed to be a commitment

or obligation of Alliance or school funds. The Healthy Schools Program

reserves the right to terminate this agreement in its sole discretion if it does not

receive continued sufficient external funding.

Principal Signature:

Principal Printed Name: _____________________________



HSP Relationship Manager Signature:

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