According to the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), “Health and success in school are interrelated. Schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students and staff are not healthy and fit physically, mentally and socially.” Studies demonstrate that healthy students perform better in school and attend school on a regular basis. The average student spends approximately 2,000 hours at school per year and making sure that time is spent in a healthy environment conducive to learning becomes the responsibility of educators, parents and the broader community.

The purpose of this schools’ section is to raise awareness within the community about the link between health and academics, highlight the exciting improvements in Lincoln Public Schools and nationally, and to inspire educators, administrators, PTO’s, students and the broader community to join in this effort.

Get involved by joining or starting a Lincoln school’s wellness council and working with your PTO to make changes to support health. Discover5-4-3-2-1 GO! ® and creatively integrate this fun obesity prevention message in your school. Join the Teach a Kid to Fish school systems working group to link the work of the schools with what’s happening in the community!

Find out what’s going on at LPS.

“Parent involvement is critical for the success of our School Wellness efforts. Parents share what information would be helpful to them as families, provide ideas and feedback on our wellness goals, share what messages the students are bringing home, and provide resources they have in the community that can support our efforts. “ Deb Dabbert, Principal, Eastridge Elementary

“We have a lot of parents who are interested and are just getting started in the process. At this point we have accessed a lot of information from our parents and our parent group identified wellness as a priority. From my perspective, their involvement is essential as they have the largest impact on their children’s wellness. Initially I thought we could solely target our students and over time have come to realize engaging our parents is equally important.” Angie Zabawa, Principal, Dawes Middle School

Stay tuned for our schools in the spotlight section. We’ll highlight the work of Lincoln schools that have made changes to improve the health of their students!

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