Congratulations to those campuses that received the first LCISD School Health Advisory Council Recognized Wellness Campus Awards. Campuses receiving the award for the 2018-2019 school year include: Campbell Elementary, Velasquez Elementary, Williams Elementary and Reading Junior High School.
This collaborative effort between the Lamar Consolidated ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and the Lamar Consolidated CISD Athletics Department recognizes campuses for their health and wellness initiatives completed throughout the school year.
In order to receive this recognition, schools must complete five of the eight criteria, three of which are mandatory: 1) Have a Campus Wellness Committee; 2) Host a Health/Wellness Event; 3) Hold a Campus-wide Physical Activity; 4) Offer Tobacco Prevention Programs; 5) Incorporate Nutrition and Physical Activity in Core Classes; 6) Implement a Stress Prevention Program; 7) Offer NonFood Rewards; 8) Offer a Staff Wellness Program. The first three on the list are mandatory.
To those unfamiliar with the SHAC, it is a state mandated advisory council appointed by the school board that works with the district to help school communities support good health and academic achievement. It is made up of parents, community members, students, and school staff working together to improve the health of all students and families through coordinated school health programs.
Research shows that healthy children do better in school — from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance.
Throughout the year, the SHAC will address topics related to health education, nutrition environment and services, employee wellness, social and emotional school climate, physical environment, health services, counseling, psychological and social services, family/community involvement, family engagement, physical education and physical activity.
Campus Wellness Award Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available soon and distributed to each campus principal and campus wellness coordinator.