Rye City School District
"You cannot educate a child
who is not healthy, and
you cannot keep a child healthy
who is not educated."
Jocelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General
The RCSD adopted a Wellness Policy in June 2006 which established a Wellness Committee. Its purpose is to develop guidelines for optimal wellness and to further promote healthy eating and physical activity in our schools.
Why A Wellness Policy?
The Rye City School District believes that we have a responsibility to enhance the education of our students -- including in the areas of health, physical education and wellness.
The link between student health, physical activity and learning has been well documented. In a report issued in May 2007, the Westchester County Dept. of Health found that 34% of the children in surveyed Westchester County schools (grades K, 2, and 4) were obese or at risk of becoming obese – higher than the national average (32%).
Statistics about the eating habits of children in the U.S. confirm that we must do more to educate children about healthy eating:
Regular physical activity has been proven to lower the risk of developing diabetes, reduce blood pressure, increase muscle and bone strength, decrease body fat and enhance psychological well being.
What is a Wellness Policy?
The Rye City School District Wellness Policy focuses on 5 key areas:
Health and Fitness
Regular physical activity has been proven to lower the risk of developing diabetes, reduce blood pressure, increase muscle and bone strength, decrease body fat and enhance psychological well being. Senator Tom Harkin introduced the FIT Kids Act on March 18, 2009 to further integrate fitness into the school day.
Good nutrition is important to fuel active children, see the updated food pyramid.
A good night's sleep can make a big difference in the classroom, learn how much sleep is optimal for younger and older children.
One of the best ways to stay healthy is to wash your hands. Here are some extra tips on how to avoid spreading germs at school.
Kidshealth.org is a website for parents, kids and teens that is devoted to answering health questions on topics ranging from colds and flu to sports injury and more.
Here are some interesting topics in the area of health and fitness:
Why is recess important?
New York Times author, Tara Parker-Pope explores the importance of recess in an article.
Pediatric study on the benefits of recess.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a 2007 report entitled Recess Rules to explain the benefits of play.
Tips for healthy eating and movement
The Westchester County Department of Health's Fit Kids website is chock full of information on healthy eating and fitness, including downloads on healthy snacks, walking programs and fun websites for children.
There are may ways to get active, find lots of creative ways to move an hour a day at Small Step.
Find ways to limit the amount of time in front of a television or computer screen.
Happy, Healthy Halloween!
Please download the following flyers from the Westchester County Department of Health:
The Wellness Committee
The RCSD Wellness Committee is chaired by Robert Castagna, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. A diverse group of volunteers, such as the Food Service Director, school nurses, physical education and health teachers, parent representatives, and
organizations such as the Rye YMCA and Westchester County Health Department serve on the committee. Please contact Rob Castagna for more information.