March 14, 2019 4:00 a.m.
Winchester Elementary School in Roseburg, is the fifth school to gain Blue Zones approval.
A release from Blue Zones Project Umpqua said that approval came in late January, and an approval celebration will be held next Tuesday March 20th.
An all school assembly will highlight the healthy behaviors the staff and faculty are working on. All children will receive a Blue Zones Project water bottle so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.
Principal Rick Snyder said that “healthy kids are happier, perform better in school, and are more apt to continue to practice healthy behaviors throughout their lives”. Changes at Winchester have included:
*Creating a sustainable wellness committee.
*Ensuring that students are receiving the state mandate of 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
*Building a school garden through UC-Veg’s Kitchen Garden Project.
*Integrating Nutrition Education into daily lesson plans with help from the Oregon State University Extension Service.
*Offering a salad bar to kids at lunch.
*Implementing practices from the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard.
Kirk Blaine, Project Manager at Blue Zones Project Umpqua, said the entire Wellness Committee at Winchester has led efforts in making their school a healthy, happy place to work and learn.