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Wellness Initiative

Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. An initiative of Missouri Foundation for Health, HSHC brings together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents and residents to identify and push for changes that increase access to healthy foods and physical activity where our kids live, learn, and play. 

The initiative supports collaboration between schools and community organizations to help address childhood obesity- by making it easier for kids to eat healthy and be active. Today, there are 12 Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities collaborations across Missouri, with Monett being one, creating healthy opportunities for kids in the classroom, on the playground, at home, and throughout the community. 
Cub Pride Article - September 23, 2016 by Mrs. Alex Severs, District Wellness Coordinator:
The 2016-2017 school year marks the start of year four for the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) grant. Within the month of September, HSHC has already had a fantastic kick off! Our Healthy School Wellness committee meetings have kicked off, and programs such as Cubs on the Move, Cubs on the Run, Morning Mile, Walk Across America, and Walk to School are in full swing.

This past week marked our seventh Walk-to-School Week. Monett R-1 partners with the Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative, and PedNet to implement the Safe Routes to School Program. The goal of this program is to encourage walking and bicycling to school in order to increase overall health, minimize traffic issues and congestion, as well as assist in reducing environmental repercussions which occur when the majority of the school population is driven to school. At Monett R-1, we are always looking for ways to have a positive impact on our students and our community outside the classroom.

During our seventh Walk-to-School Week, we had record turnout; each day marked an improvement from the day before. The week started out with 101 students and ended with 219 students, totaling 852 students walking over the five days! Our next Walk-to-School event will take place October 17th through the 21st, and our drop off locations will remain the same.

As Walk-to-School events continue, it is always our mission is to teach kids important pedestrian safety skills and to create safer walking environments for everyone in our community.

Our next round of Wellness committee meetings will begin in November; stay tuned to our district webpage and social media pages for dates. Parents, students, and community members are always welcome!

October 12th through 15th- Trial- Walking School Bus!

Next week begins our first trial run for a Walking School Bus, stay tuned to letters that will be sent home with students this week. Each letter explains the newly revamped Walk to School weeks!

Additionally, below you will find a Walking School Bus facts sheet and a map of routes that will be used for this first trial run. Note that the map shows two bus routes and multiple intersection points where you can join the walk!

Please see folder above titled "October 2015 WSB" for additional detailed information.

The trial Walking School Bus will be October 12th through the 15th, that is Monday through Thursday! Stay tuned to our Facebook page, Monett School Fusion and our Wellness Initiative Webpage for additional reminders and details.

We hope you can join us!

Walk to School WEEK- September 14th thought the 18th!
Monett R-1 presents another Walk to School WEEK!

Listed below are the four different routes that will be used...

Drop off locations will be at Monett North Park and the Chamber parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce at 2nd and bond. Those departing from the Chamber will need to arrive around 7:00 am and those at North Park at 7:15 am.

Chamber directions:
-Chamber to MES
-2nd to Dunn (turn left onto Dunn crossing Central)
-Dunn to MES
​-Chamber to CPE/MMS/MIS
-Bond to 7th (turn left onto 7th crossing Bond)
-7th to CPE
-7th to right on Cleveland to MMS/MIS

North Park to CPE/MMS/MIS

Chamber to MES

Chamber to CPE

Chamber to MMS/MIS

MES- Cubs on the Move-Clogging!- August 24th, 2015
Yesterday's MES's bimonthly, Cubs on the Move was a success! Thanks Ms. Mashburn for teaching the kids some basics in "Clogging", they had a blast!

2014-2015 School Year Recap
The 2014-2015 school year was a HUGE success for the Monett Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative. From Walk to School week(s) to Farmers Markets, this year was our best year yet! Check out all the great programs, events and additional activities that went on this past year.

Thanks for all your hard work!
-Your Wellness Team


HSHC July Newsletter

Attached is the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities, July 2015 newsletter. This month, HSHC is excited to feature the great work of Dunklin County! The newsletter features spotlight work, fresh insights about HSHC updates, and more! Be sure to check out the Calorie Calculator to find out which activities can help get kids to 63 fewer calories per day!


HSHC June Newsletter

Attached is the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities, June 2015 newsletter. Good news! The format has changed and Missouri Foundation for Health will now be providing monthly newsletters instead of quarterly. The main feature will highlight one grantee school and community per month and their progress towards creating a healthier environment. We have 26 schools and communities. This month, HSHC is excited to feature the great work of Dent County!


Walk to School Week Update!

Day 2 has been completed for Walk to School week, we have grown from 49 students to 98 students! Come out and join us, there are three days left!

​Board Approves Updated School Wellness Policy

Monett R-1 Schools Local Wellness Policy

The Monett R-1 School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. During the month of October 2014 the Monett R-1 District Level Wellness Committee presented an updated Local Wellness Policy to the Board of Education for the Monett R-1 School District. The Board agreed to take a 30-day review of the policy. On November 20, 2014 the Board of Education approved the new Local Wellness Policy.

The Local Wellness Policy emphasizes five specific areas: School Health Councils, Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold and Served on Campus, Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing, Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education, and Monitoring and Policy Review.

The Monett R-1 Local Wellness Policy will be made available to all Monett R-1 employees as well as the Monett community. The Local Wellness Policy will be assessed every year.

The Board also approved an updated Smoking Policy on November 20, 2014, making Monett R-1 a smoke-free district on all school property. The smoking policy will begin in the 2015-16 school year. The Wellness Policy will be effective immediately.

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