Welcome to Barrington 220 Wellness
Barrington 220 will foster a total school environment that promotes and supports student health and wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, which helps to reduce childhood obesity and enhances learning. (Health and Wellness Policy)
- Teach the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity to promote learning and lifelong wellness.
- Partner with parents to support and promote healthy food choices for meals and celebrations at school and at home, physical activity at school and at home, and non-food items or sale of healthy food items in fund raising efforts.
- Partner with community organizations to help promote the overall health of our children.
Why Wellness in Barrington 220?
- Healthy students are better prepared to learn!
- Healthy eating and physical activity are habits that can be taught at an early age.
- Physical fitness is linked to changes in the brain. These changes, which occur in the frontal lobe and the hippocampus, can help children with memory and the ability to tune out distractions.
- Healthy students have better school attendance.
- Being overweight or obese can lead to numerous health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and negatively affect social and emotional well-being.
Changes implemented in Barrington 220 Schools
- Tasty Tuesday program Preschool through Grade 5. Increase taste test opportunities of fruits and vegetables at school.
- School meals meet nutritional guidelines for students.
- Menus and nutritional labels are available here.
- Low fat milk, 100% fruit juice or vegetable juices and water
- Lower fat and lower sugar for snacks and meals
- Snacks served must meet the Smart Snacks in Schools regulations.
- Whole grain breads
- Reduced sodium
- No soda
- No fried foods
- Encourage non-food rewards
- Increased focus on fitness:
- School personnel shall use physical activity in a positive manner. Recess shall not be withheld as a punishment.
How you can Help
- Set a good example
- Make eating well and exercise part of your daily routine
- Provide opportunities to be active: Centers for Disease Control recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
- Get outdoors when possible
- Keep classroom party foods fresh and healthy
Resources for Kids and Parents
Kids Health www.kidshealth.org
Learn to be Healthy http://www.learntobehealthy.org
CATCH Coordinated Health http://catchglobalfoundation.org
Leave no Child Inside http://www.funoutside.org
Barrington Committed http://barringtonleads.org/barrington-committed
My Plate http://www.choosemyplate.gov
Barrington Nutrition http://barrington220.nutrislice.com
How Much Sugar is in That? http://www.sugarstacks.com
American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org