Author Archives: Jenna Michaels

May 16, 2024

MHS Live Podcast – Missouri Local Wellness (LWP) Guidance and Implementation

The May podcast for Missouri Healthy Schools (MHS) featured Barb Shaw, Nutrition Program Coordinator, DESE Food and Nutrition Services, and Ginger Thompson, Nutrition Program Analyst, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They discussed details on the Missouri Local Wellness Policy (LWP) Guidance and Implementation, covering minimum requirements, collaboration ideas and resources.

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February 1, 2024

Missouri Healthy Schools January Podcast

We are excited to announce the kickoff of Missouri Healthy Schools (MHS) Live Podcast, and Episode 1 is nothing short of inspiring! Released on January 31, 2024, this inaugural episode dives deep into the crucial topic of “Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools.” In this engaging episode, a distinguished…

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January 8, 2024

Later School Start Times May Improve Teen Sleep Health

Data indicates that more than three-quarters of US high school students do not get enough sleep, but adequate rest is important for physical and mental health as well as academic performance. Some experts feel early school start times are linked to short sleep in teens, and starting the school day…

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January 8, 2024

Missouri District Spotlights School Nutrition Services

The Citizens in Our Schools program at the Francis Howell School District in Missouri seeks to foster understanding among residents by offering behind-the-scenes experiences. Each month 29 volunteers engage in activities such as school food service. Read Full Story Here…

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January 8, 2024

2024 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening are excited to announce the launch of the 2024 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant! This grant will award a total of 170 programs $500 in funding to start or improve their youth gardens or greenspaces. Any nonprofit organization, school district, university, government entity, or tax-exempt organization,…

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January 8, 2024

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2021

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conducts biennial surveys of public middle and high school students to track progress in efforts to reduce health risk behaviors among…

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We’ve seen rapid expansion of our after-school activities, [and an] increased [number of] students meeting their healthy fitness zones.
Amy Ruzicka Bayless Schools Superintendent Discusses Bayless Schools 5-year journey leading to growth in school and staff wellness initiatives, incorporating the WSCC model, and expansion in after-school activities.