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Monett R-1 Healthy Schools Healthy Communities

Let's Build a Healthier Future for Missouri! 
Healthy Schools Healthy Communities empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. We bring together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to identify and push for changes that increase access to healthy food and physical activity where our kids live, learn and play. 

It's going to take all of us, working together, to bring change to Missouri.

How is Healthy Schools Healthy Communities creating a change?
From introducing healthier foods and more opportunities for physical activity in schools, to creating safer places to be active in the community - we are making changes to schools and local environments that will have a lasting impact. And, we are providing the knowledge, tools, and support to help families make change happen at home. Together, we are working to reduce childhood obesity in Missouri. 

Working with schools to offer healthier food and increase physical activity throughout the school day.

Engaging the community to provide new opportunities for our kids to eat healthy and get active where they live and play.

Partnering with childcare providers to make sure our kids have a healthy start in life.

Our kids deserve a healthy future. It's up to us to make it happen. Join us! 

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities is an initiative of Missouri Foundation for Health. 
What's New with Monett R-1 HSHC!
Walk to School - Day 1 - October 17th
We had a great first Walk to School day for the week of October 17th!
98 students walked today!

Walk to School Routes
Walk to School Routes!
Cox Monett, North Park, Arc of the Ozarks (Airport and Woodland)
and Dollar General (Broadway and 9th)

Additional walk information can be found on the right
hand side under the folder "Walk to School".

REMINDER: Walk to School week
Walk to School week is NEXT week!
October 17th through the 21st

NO Cubs on the Run- Couch to 5k Training Wednesday, October 12th
CANCELLED Cubs on the Run- Couch to 5k Training Wednesday, October 12th! ​

MIS and MMS Cubs on the Run- Couch to 5k Training is cancelled TOMORROW Wednesday, October 12th due to rain. Cubs on the Run usually runs after school 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm. Tomorrow there will be NO Cubs on the Run.

Save the Date - Walk to School
Save the Date!
Walk to School Week TWO, is NEXT week!

October 17th through the 21st students will walk to school from four starting points. Students are welcome to meet at Cox, North Park, Broadway and 9th or Arc of the Ozarks. Elementary (MES) students will walk ONLY from Cox Monett. Students are also welcome to join us along our routes! Come out and join us the 17th - 21st.

More information to come. Stay tuned!

Cubs on the Move
Cubs on the Move- YMCA Name Games & Relays!
Hosted by Annie Medlock- Monett YMCA

We had 64 students at our Cubs on the Move at MES yesterday! A big thank you to Annie Medlock, from the Monett YMCA for providing lots of fun activities from name games to relays. The students learned lots of different walks, jumps and exercises!​

Cubs on the Run- Couch to 5K
Cubs on the Run- Couch to 5K Training

September 19th through November 21st - ​Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Our third annual Cubs on the Run- Couch to 5k Training is underway at the track! We've been having a great training program so far! 5th through 8th graders are welcome to come out and join us Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm until November 21st! Guest speakers will talk about athletic training and injury prevention during race training, as well as a Dietician will speak on proper ways to stay hydrated and nourished​​​ during training. Participants are welcome to join anytime through the 21st of November.

October Calendar of Events
October Calendar of Events

Check out our calendar of events each month to find out what programs, events, meetings and more Monett R-1 HSHC has going on! Descriptions of the events will be found at the bottom of page. Additionally, downloadable calendars can be found on the right hand side under Monett HSHC Calendars.

Cubs on the Move
Cubs on the Move- Hustle, Heart and Hoops!
Hosted by Coach Kennedy, Coach Hubbard and Monett Lady Basketball

A HUGE shout out to our Monett Lady Cubs Basketball coaches and their helpers for a successful Cubs on the Move at our MES campus. Our second Cubs on the Move for the school year had 68 participants! Already growing from the first. The kids loved learning about basketball through the Hustle, Heart and Hoops program!

Cub Pride Article September 30, 2016 by Mr. Shawn Hayden, Project Coordinator at Cox Monett for Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Grant:
Walking to school has become a popular activity for children in the Monett community. Just two weeks ago, over 892 kids walked to school in five days. Unfortunately, on the following Monday, two children were injured by a car while walking to school. Thankfully, they avoided serious injury, but it reminds us all that continual education needs to happen to prevent future events of this nature.

These successful walking events echo how excited children are to be walking to school. The City of Monett has been a huge help in all of the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities (HSHC) efforts. They are realizing the need for a greater pedestrian infrastructure and providing education for both drivers and pedestrians. While we have worked hard on creating a safe infrastructure, there are still dangers to those walking and driving. Below are some tips for those behind the wheel or on the sidewalk.

  • Walk on the sidewalk when possible. Always walk on the sidewalk when possible. If the sidewalk is not possible, always walk against traffic. This increases visibility and allows drivers to see you more easily (refer to the attached map for routes on the Monett Greenway and sidewalks).
  • Pedestrians always have the right-of-way. As a driver, when you approach a stop sign, crosswalk, or a hoard of children walking to school, always give them the right away.
  • Be seen! As a walker, wear bright clothing or a reflective vest. As a driver, drive with your lights on in high-pedestrian areas; this will assure that you are seen by pedestrians and drivers alike.
  • Cross at curbs or sidewalks. Stop at the curb or edge of the road, look left, then right, and then left again before you step into the street. If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left-right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
  • Always walk with a friend. Walk along the walk-to-school routes with a friend; this increases the safety of both walkers.

The attached map highlights all the Greenway routes between schools. Routes that run along Scott, Dunn, 9th (northbound), and Cleveland Streets have sidewalks and are marked with “Walk-to-School Route” or “Share the Road” signs. These have been purchased through the HSHC at Cox Health and have been placed throughout Monett with input from city officials and HSHC coordinators. We are working to create the safest environment possible for pedestrians and drivers.
The Monett R-1 School District and the HSHC coordinators are excited to continue the walk-to school-efforts in Monett. We will also continue to work with school and city officials to ensure the safety of all pedestrians.

For those who want to be more involved in the walk-to-school efforts, please contact Shawn Hayden (Shawn.Hayden@coxhealth.com) or Alex Severs (asevers@monettschools.org).

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!

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+ Severs, Alexandria
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