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SRHS is an AACPS Wellness School Of Distinction
Awarded to South River High School in November, 2013, in recognition of the work we have done to make health and fitness a priority for our students, staff and school supporters beyond the requirements of school curriculum to produce positive outcomes for our entire school community.
This award speaks to the importance placed on not only educating young people, but also supporting the overall well-being and viability of all. In order to be the first secondary school to win this prestigious honor, we had to show significant effort in establishing initiatives that address at least six of the eight components of a coordinated school health program as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control. These components include:
- Health Education
- Physical Activity
- Allied Health Personnel Partnerships
- Mental Wellness
- School Environment
- Staff Health
- Family/Community Involvement
From fundraising efforts that incorporate physical activity to stress management sessions during professional development, we have created a culture of wellness that is unique to our needs and utilizes collaboration and motivation to build a well community.
The Wellness School of Distinction program is an extension of the AACPS Wellness Council.
Launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture, Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers youth to improve nutrition and physical activity. Inspired and led by students, the program aims to make positive changes in physical activity and access to tasty, nutrient dense foods at school.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 program helps resource-strapped schools across the country by offering funding opportunities and is supported in part by US dairy farm families. Fuel Up to Play 60 also encourages and recognizes schools with tangible rewards and resources, including a Student Ambassador Summit, a trip to the Super Bowl and NFL Player appearances.
Schools determine which tools and resources best help meet their wellness goals. Program elements can include:
- Planning Tool Kit
- A Collection of Strategies that help students “Fuel Up” and “Get Up and Play“for at least 60 minutes a day
- Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenges
- FuelUptoPlay60.com website to share successes and learn from other participants
- Incentives and Rewards
This program is supported nationwide by local Dairy Councils, 23 NFL clubs, and the USDA, in partnership with Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association & School Nutrition Association, and a number of major corporations.