Wellness Committee Minutes

Wellness/Nutrition & Physical Activity Advisory Committee

January 23, 2018 Minutes District Office Board Room Members Present:

Aaron Bradford, Food Service
Marge Cody, Community Member
Ferol Max, Parent
Jessica Miller, Parent
Kim Fry, Superintendent

Committee Requirements

Kim welcomed the newest member of our committee, GMES Parent -Jessica Miller.  She then read statements from RSD Procedure 6700 Nutrition & Physical Fitness which outlines the makeup and the responsibilities of the Nutrition & Physical Activity Advisory Committee (AKA Wellness Committee).

Food Service Updates

Aaron Bradford, Sodexo Manager, gave the following updates:

  1. RPS and GMES are continuing the A-Z Salad bar program this year.Each week of the year a new fruit or vegetable is featured for the students to try.This week is “J” week.The featured vegetable is jicama.
  2. The Future Chef Competition is occurring again this March.
  3. Aaron is proud of the care his food service staff takes to meet the need of our students. At RHS 22 lunch options are offered.Fifteen are offered at RMS.The staff is continually coming up with new options to keep things fresh for students.
  4. Next, Aaron shared data on the number of students who eat breakfast at school.Of the approximate 1,000 students who qualify for free breakfast, only about 500 participate.Discussion occurred about possible factors.(Late arrival to school – no time to eat, students who aren’t hungry yet, students and families who don’t know that they are eligible for free breakfast, desire to eat at home, etc.)
  5. The group agreed to make increasing breakfast participation the focus project of our committee this year.We’ll start by communicating with students and families about our school breakfast program. We brainstormed the following communication methods:
  • Scrolling messages on the website
  • Reader board messages
  • Newsletter Articles
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • School Messenger
  • Mailings – Including a note to arrive early enough to eat.
  • Facebook
  • Classroom Newsletters
  • RMS & RHS Daily Bulletin – new message each week (including grab & go options)
  • Increasing signage in lunchrooms

At our March meeting we’ll look at the impact the communications have had on breakfast participation.   We can then discuss whether we need to explore possible schedule options and food choices and packaging.

Health-Fitness & Counseling Curriculum Updates

Kim provided an update on two new aspects of the Health-Fitness and Counseling Curriculum changes that have been implemented this year.  First, she discussed the Life Skills curriculum that is used in the RMS Health courses to teach students the skills they need to resist drugs and alcohol use, bullying and other peer pressure.  Next, she explained that the GMES Counselor, Michelle Fayette is providing the social skills curriculum to each class this year.  She does 20 minutes with each class each week during a portion of their library time.  This delivery model ensures consistent information is being shared with all students and gives her a way to have regular contact with all students.

Our next meeting has been changed from Feb. 22nd to March 21st.  Our final meeting of the school year will be on May 10th.


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