Eat Smart Move More
Eat Smart Move More North Carolina is a statewide movement that encourages healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, work, play and pray. Its mission is to reverse the rising tide of obesity and chronic disease among North Carolinians by helping them to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight. Pitt County Schools elected to join the Eat Smart Move More movement with their FitTogether grant from the Health and Wellness Trust Fund. The Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation has also contributed funds for this project.
Eat Smart Move More Initiatives in Pitt County Schools
Pitt County Schools Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs - Promoting A Healthy Environment for Students & Staff:
- Taste Explorers- One day a month the Child Nutrition staff provides the classroom teacher a sample of a fruit or vegetable and a learning sheet for each student. The following day the item is served on the cafeteria line as part of the school lunch. Classroom teachers register at the beginning of the school year. This year the theme is: GO WILD! with 5-A-Day the Color Way!
- Nutrition Nugget- The Principal and Child Nutrition manager work together to announce a nutrition related question each week. Students are encouraged to answer the question and place their answer sheet in the Nutrition Nugget box located in the cafeteria. A prize is rewarded to one lucky student who answered the question correctly and the student’s teacher.
- Eat Smart Campaigns- Every month information is posted in the cafeteria that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, in some cafeterias, nutrition related games are played with the children while they eat lunch.
- Healthy Dining- Everyday the school breakfast and lunch menu options meet specific nutritional criteria for total fat and saturated fat. Additionally, all lunches qualify as a “Winner’s Circle” meal and are marked with the Winner’s Circle logo (a purple star and yellow fork). This year a third option at lunch is available everyday! The special dietary needs of some students are met daily when requested by their physician.
- Summer Food Service Program- Every summer, many of the schools provide breakfast and lunch meals for children in their community as well as children from the Boys and Girls Club, recreation centers, and church sponsored activities. The need for adequate nutrition does not end when school is out for the summer.
- Go FIT! After School- All After-School Enrichment program sites have implemented the GO FIT! After School Program! Children participate in weekly nutrition lessons, engage in 90 minutes of physical activity daily and enjoy healthy snacks.
- Parent Newsletters- Every month a newsletter is sent home in the student’s folder in K-5 that highlights nutrition and physical activities for the month.
- Active Recess- All classrooms in kindergarten through fifth grade have physical activity equipment kits and an Active Recess For All manual designed to get children active during recess. The NC Department of Public Instruction policy requires that all children receive 30 minutes of physical activity daily by the 2006-2007 school year! This year the goal for active recess is 90 minutes per week, in addition to two days of physical education.
- Project Yeah! - Every spring, Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation provides an incentive program for students in grades 3-5 that challenges them to increase their physical activity levels outside the school day. Top performing classrooms and/or students receive a field trip to the East Carolina University Student Recreation Center. Schools register for this program in January.
- Walking Trails- Walking trails have been placed at Ayden Elementary, Belvoir Elementary, Bethel School, Eastern Elementary, Elmhurst Elementary, Falkland Elementary, G.R. Whitfield, Northwest Elementary, Sam D. Bundy, Wellcome Middle, and the Wintergreen schools. The community is encouraged to use the trails during non-school hours. This school year, one more school will receive a walking trail.
- Staff Wellness Program- Six elementary schools are participating in an incentive program designed to get staff eating smart and moving more. A graduate student from the Activity Promotion Lab at East Carolina University is coordinating the program.
- Brody School of Medicine
- East Carolina University
- Pitt County Health Department
- Pitt County Health Education Foundation
- Pitt County Memorial Hospital
- Pitt Partners for Health