Updated WCPSS Wellness Policy: Supporting Gardens & Walk/Bike to School
Willow Springs Elementary recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Grow Zone garden.
The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Board of Education adopted an updated school wellness policy for schools across the district yesterday. School gardens and active transportation (walking/biking to and from school) are both included as focus areas in the new policy; see this News & Observer article from last week.
AHA, partners and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) have taken a strong leadership role in advocating for these changes. AHA is actively supporting both efforts through AHA’s leadership in a WCPSS School Gardens Work Group and through a UNC Highway Safety Research Center grant funded by the John Rex Endowment to provide model programs for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and promote policies and practices that can improve safety for children walking to school. (See Northwoods Elementary article.)
Edible school gardens continue to be an area of focus at AHA’s annual Dig In! conference, held annually in March in partnership with Marbles Kids Museum, to educate teachers about how to incorporate edible gardens into daily instruction and to provide community resources to support them.
We are proud of our leadership, and proud to lead together with our partners.