Monday, August 17, 2015

August 2015

We hope you had a wonderful break filled with sunshine and summertime fun! Laurie and I have been busy getting things ready for the new school year ahead and have lots of great info to share! 

Mark Your Calendars!

September 12, 2015 - 1st Annual Colorado Community Wellness Symposium

Location: Englewood High School
Time: 8:00am-3:30pm
**Dr. John Ratey, author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," will be one of the morning presenters. Graduate credit will be available.                             
Attendees will learn ways to help kids: 
* Incorporate more physical activity into their day in a way that supports learning.               
* Develop healthy eating habits that support growth and brain development.                  
Build a practice of positive self care that will support them for the rest of their lives.                                  

September 22, 2015 - Healthy Schools in DCSD Fall Workshop: Creating a School Culture that Meets the Needs of the Whole Child

Location: TBD
Time: 8:00am-3:30pm
Look for an invitation coming soon!

We are so excited to be hosting a Fall Training Workshop for up to 100 people on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. We've got a GREAT lineup this year focusing on enhancing your School Health Teams and/or Student Led Health Teams.
Highlights will include:
* Teaching with the Brain in Mind
* Mindfulness
* Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC)
* Healthy Schools Teams and Student Led Health Teams
* Community Partners

October 24, 2015 - DCSD Fittin' It In 5K

Location: Highlands Ranch High School
Time: 9am
**ALL proceeds go to the school of your choice making this a perfect fundraiser to support your health and wellness initiatives! 

(Look for an email this week with more details on how to use these funds including a letter of support that went out to all principals.)


Healthy Schools Highlight

This past June, twenty-three staff members including our Healthy Schools Leaders and Kaiser Thriving Schools Grant Health Coaches had the amazing opportunity to attend the Healthy Schools Leadership Retreat in Vail, Colorado. This special event was funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and presented by RMC Health, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Education Initiative, and Kaiser Permanente. With a goal to create a sustainable healthy school culture, the leadership retreat brought nearly 500 participants together for two days to increase knowledge surrounding the health and well-being of children and youth.  

Stay in the Loop!

Got Tower Gardens?  

Curriculum is now available for the Tower Garden along with a few additional resources.  

Questions? Email Donna Wiss:


Check out this FREE website and resource for brain breaks!


Want to help get kids cookin' in the kitchen? Check out Super Healthy Kids!

Community Partner Info

American Heart Association

Wow, what an incredible year with DCSD and the American Heart Association.  As a district, we achieved a Platinum Status with the AHA’s Fit Friendly Worksite Wellness Program.  We are so proud of this accomplishment and truly committed to the health of our employees and students alike.  We had 31 schools complete a Jump Rope or Hoops for Heart event last year, raising over $200,000 towards the mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  Truly incredible!  The AHA was able to give back $12,700 in US Games certificates for your schools to update and purchase new PE equipment, as well as provide access to heart healthy lesson plans and guides to educate students in every area of learning.  The AHA was also able to fund $9.5 million dollars and 53 projects in Colorado this year, investing in future achievements in heart health and stroke.  We are so incredibly thankful to our volunteers for their commitment to heart health education in DCSD through the AHA; none of the above would be possible without you!  We hope to extend our reach this year to even more families, bringing this important message to as many people as possible.  

Please contact Morgan June at for more information on how you can help support the mission of the AHA and join in the fun!

Check out the new Koko FitClub opening in Parker, CO!

Koko. A digital gym.
Strength. Cardio. Nutrition.
Reinventing fitness through technology.

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