The Monmouth County Health Department is getting kids fit and healthier one community at a time! We’re expanding our “Action for Fitness” program to Asbury Park, NJ in 2014.
Building on the successful School Health Councils (SHCs) in Farmingdale (2011) and Belmar (2012) we are ready to start SHCs at two Asbury Park schools in March – Bradley Elementary School and Thurgood Marshall School.
Research has shown that SHCs are a proven way to promote good nutrition and increased physical activity for students and their families.
Our plans for the Asbury Park SHCs include the following policy and environmental changes which will transform the school community.
- We’ll develop a birthday/school celebration strategy to promote fruits and veggies and limit the amount and portion size of sweets.
- We’ll study the current physical activity policy in the schools and suggest changes to support increased activity.
- We’ll provide 3 weeks of rollerskating lessons during physical education class that will get kids active, smiling and sweating; start a weekly walking contest that will have kids counting steps to reach different NJ locations; and provide a memorable school assembly about the need for daily heart-pumping activity and how nutrition impacts all that the students do in a day.
- We’ll promote healthy recipes and low cost fitness activities in newsletters, posters and by other means.
- Our YMCA partner will provide Zumba classes and family fitness events for kids and parents. In addition, we hope to start the CATCH curriculum in the Fall to encourage healthy eating and more activity.
SHC partners include the Community YMCA, YMCA of Western Monmouth County, Master Gardeners, Medical Reserve Corps, CentraState Health Care System, Meridian Health, Mayor’s Wellness Committee, NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids, Shaping NJ, NJ Department of Health, the PTO, local merchants and corporate funders.
To find out more about what we are doing, contact Lisa Lee at Lisa.Lee@co.monmouth.nj.us or 732-431-7456.