Wellness Committee Minutes

Wellness/Nutrition & Physical Activity Advisory Committee

March 21, 2018 Minutes District Office Board Room Members Present:

Aaron Bradford, Food Service GM
Marge Cody, Community Member
Ferol Max, Parent
Jessica Miller, Parent
 Willow Shanahan, PE Teacher
Matt Ishler, Principal
Connie Smejkal, Board Member
Lisa Gideon, School Nurse - Absent
Kim Fry, Superintendent

Food Service Updates

Aaron Bradford provided an update on the Future Chef’s competition which occurred last week.  He praised the work of Marge Cody and the other staff members who helped put on the event, as well as expressing gratitude to the judges.  Jessica Miller’s son was the first prize winner, so she spoke about how much he enjoyed the experience. 

Aaron also mentioned that the A-Z salad bar is still going at RPS and GMES.  “N” is the next letter, so nectarines will be featured.

Fitness Updates

Kim reported that when the RPS walking program starts back up after Spring Break they will be using an electronic lap counter that the kids will activate with a scan card.  This should cut down on the time spent on record keeping.  Since this is new technology for us, the playground supervisors will have the paper tickets available if a malfunction should occur.

Kim also mentioned that the Facilities Advisory Committee will be considering a walking track at RPS as they prioritize needs across the district.

Willow and Kim announced RMS has launched into its inaugural season of offering boys soccer.   Approximately twenty students are participating and the boys have been successful thus far. 

Breakfast Campaign & Impact To Date

Arron reported the following and provided meal count reports and examples of promotional materials.

From January to February we have seen an increase on average of 75 breakfasts served per day.

A nearly 5% increase month to month

The trend is staying the same through March

Most of the increase has been at the secondary levels which was the target.

Introduced new items:

Smoothie Machine – Natural fruit juice has increased excitement

Protein boxes

More grab and go options available:  Muffins, smoothies, parfaits, etc.


Started a 4 week daily announcement at the secondary schools with a different message each week about the benefits of breakfast, the cost, items and the hours.

During conference week there will be a flyer available for all teachers to hand out to parents that promote breakfast.  A suggestion was made to make sure a Spanish version is available.

Increased Signage at the secondary schools

Staff talking to students about breakfast, samples and encouraging students to try breakfast.

Breakfast Campaign Next Steps

Focus going forward

Keep the momentum going at the secondary schools, continue with signage and electronic promotion as well.

Focus on increasing the participation at the elementary schools

When the weather is good, students take advantage of the extra time outside.  Finding a way to balance both breakfast and activity in the morning.

Our final meeting of the school year will be on May 10th.


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