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2015 Grant Recipients


ThinkFirst Program, Core Knowledge Charter School - Verona, WI

Children and teens are at high-risk for brain and spinal cord injuries, many of which are preventable. The ThinkFirst program aims to increase awareness of brain and spinal cord injuries and methods of prevention for children and teens through scheduled educational seminars in public and charter schools. The program ties anatomy to injury prevention for greater comprehension, the ability to make safe choices, and encouragement of critical thinking. The program also offers direct communication with a health professional, and covers topics including the anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, as well as bicycle, pedestrian, playground, sports, and weapon safety.


Water Station Project, Dodgeville Elementary School - Dodgeville WI

The water station project aims to address the importance of hydration while combatting dehydration and steering students away from sugary drinks throughout the school day. The installation of water fountains as well as the distribution of reusable water bottles will give both students and staff a better opportunity to drink more water on a daily basis. The project hopes to see better school attendance due to improved health, increased student attention and improved grades, weight loss in staff and students who substitute water for sugary drinks, and a more environmentally conscious student body as they see how many water bottles they can save.


Cross-Country Ski Project, Lincoln Elementary School - Madison, WI

Introducing students to cross-country skiing as a form of exercise in the winter will be part of an overall effort of the school to integrate health and wellness activities for teachers and students, such as nutrition education, a healthy snack program, school lunch garden bar, running programs, and mindfulness training. Every class in the school will be able to participate in one-hour ski sessions, which will be volunteer-supported by the Madison Nordic Ski Club. Each class will spend at least two class sessions per winter outdoors on skis, learning basic moves, playing some learning games, and practicing downhill.


Mindfulness Project, John Muir Elementary School - Madison, WI

Children in the United States do not meet USDA guidelines for a healthy diet and are re- ceiving home-cooked meals less frequently than in the past. The goal of the program is to increase the children’s exposure to and acceptance of healthy foods while teaching them food preparation techniques. Lessons vary from hand hygiene to basic cooking techniques and preparing healthy snacks. School-based nutrition lesson plans will be de- veloped and led by Registered Dieticians, and will focus efforts on children identified by their teachers as students who would most benefit from nutrition education.


Nutrition Education Project, Mineral Point Middle and High School

During the fall of 2014, the Mineral Point school district will be launching an after school cooking club available to Middle and High School students. The program will run for five months totaling 10 sessions. Each session will have specific lessons plans that cover topics such as: proper kitchen knife skills, sourcing and selection of food, nutritional content, label reading, costs, preparation, storage, meal planning and presentation. Students will be taking a field trip to a grocery store as well as a local farmers market. Mineral Point is blessed with a plethora of talented farmers, chefs and culinary authors. We will definitely be utilizing our local resources. As the District school nurse for the past two years, I have had the opportunity to formally and informally survey students regarding their desire to learn food skills. Resoundingly they have voiced an interest.


Live It! Program, Columbus and Fall River Schools - Columbus, WI

The Live It! program aims to motivate students to make nutrient-rich food choices while performing physical activity to enhance the wellness of middle school children, typically aged 11-14 years old, within the rural community of Columbus and Fall River, Wisconsin. The curriculum consists of fourteen lessons; eleven nutrition based and three physical activity based lessons. Seven to eight classes participate each year; classes compete against one another each semester by earning points when completing in-class and take-home activities. The winning class wins a trip to the hospital for a healthy cookingclass with our Executive Chef, Melissa Osterhoff.


Nutrition Education Project, Mt. Horeb Intermediate School - Mr Horeb, WI

Introducing students to cross-country skiing as a form of exercise in the winter will be part of an overall effort of the school to integrate health and wellness activities for teachers and students, such as nutrition education, a healthy snack program, school lunch garden bar, running programs, and mindfulness training. Every class in the school will be able to participate in one-hour ski sessions, which will be volunteer-supported by the Madison Nordic Ski Club. Each class will spend at least two class sessions per winter outdoors on skis, learning basic moves, playing some learning games, and prac- ticing downhill.





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