School Health Showcase 2015: Promoting Health and Learning Readiness in Rockland Schools

On Wednesday, March 25, schools and community organizations from across the county will meet at the School Health Showcase to share the school health initiatives that are working in their schools. Through tabletop story boards, video, and demonstrations, school staff and students will highlight their successful initiatives that promote health and wellness among students and staff.

The School Health Showcase will take place on Wednesday, March 25  from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Rockland BOCES, Building 3 Multipurpose Room, 65 Parrott Road, in West Nyack. Sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition, the School Health Showcase will include a variety of topics including nutrition, physical activity and fitness, gardening, outdoor education, sexual/reproductive health, substance abuse prevention, healthy fund raising, and employee wellness.

“Children and teens spend a significant amount of time each day in school so it is important to provide healthy school environments that support and promote lifelong healthy behaviors. The School Health Showcase is a way for educators to learn from one another and for schools to show the community how they are improving the learning environment,” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.

Also, at 5 p.m. the March Forward Day awards will be announced. March Forward is Rockland’s physical activity awareness day when teachers engage students in physical activity breaks throughout the day to enhance learning and health. In its third year, this annual event takes place on the first Friday of March.

Any school may register to host a display by going to the School Health Showcase web page to access the online registration form (http://rocklandsteps.org/index.php?section=school-health-showcase). Registration for community organizations and businesses is limited to official members of the School Coalition.  For more information, contact the Childhood Obesity Prevention program coordinator at 845-364-2360, or steindoc@co.rockland.ny.us.