Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Greenville County Schools Honored with Wellness Award
More than 30 Schools Receive a “Wellie” from LiveWell Greenville
More than thirty Greenville County Schools are recipients of a “Wellie Award” from LiveWell Greenville. On September 19th at Bon Secours Wellness Arena LiveWell recognized partners who have adopted healthy eating and active living policies, systems and environments where people live, learn, work, play, and pray. According to LiveWell these programs have impacted approximately 68,000 individuals.
Partners have implemented low to no cost changes to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Changes such as:
- Early childhood centers establishing schedules where children sit for less than 30 consecutive minutes and offer water stations throughout the day
- Schools serving healthy nutritious lunches and offer running clubs in the morning
- Afterschool programs scheduling brain breaks, physical activity during homework time, not rewarding with food or taking away physical activity for disciplinary reasons.
Each of these recognized partners are working to address the critical childhood obesity rates in Greenville County. As part of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the partners of LiveWell Greenville are shining a light on our community successes that are changing the culture of health in Greenville County.
Congratulations to Alexander Elementary, Augusta Circle Elementary, Beck Academy, Bethel Elementary, Blythe Academy, Brook Glenn Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary, Cherrydale Elementary, Duncan Chapel Elementary, Gateway Elementary, Greer High, Grove Elementary, Mauldin Elementary, Mauldin Middle, Mauldin High, Monarch Elementary, Oakview Elementary, Paris Elementary, Plain Elementary, Riverside High, Robert E Cashion Elementary, Sara Collins Elementary, Simpsonville Elementary, Slater Marietta Elementary, Sterling School, Summit Drive Elementary, Thomas E Kerns Elementary, Tigerville Elementary and Woodmont High.
Greenville County Schools Child Development Centers were recognized as a healthy workplace. LiveWell launched a pilot project with small to mid-sized businesses with limited infrastructure for employee workplace wellness in Fall of 2018. Under the direction of Amanda Lecaroz, CDC staff have assessed their environment, policies and practices to identify opportunities to make the workday more health promoting for teachers and staff. The staff created a wellness team that has set goals to further enhance their culture of health across their 6 Early Childcare facilities.