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MUSC representative Coleen Martin, MS, RD, PAHWF Program Officer Ashley Pultorak with The Wyndcroft School representatives, Allison Carr, R.N., Nancy Boerner and Lori Kummerer.
Pottstown, PA – June 5, 2015 – The Wyndcroft School was named the inaugural winner of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation’s (PAHWF) School Health Initiative at the Wellness Achievement Celebration at Brookside Country Club, on Tuesday, June 2. Wyndcroft earned the most points for its school, following a wellness checklist, in a contest between area school districts to create healthier school environments.
Brought to the region from the experts at the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Boeing Center for Children's Wellness (formerly known as Lean Team), the contest aims to reduce childhood obesity through innovative wellness initiatives in schools. The checklist serves as an action guide for participants, implementing evidence-based strategies to improve overall school health environment, leading schools to make nutrition and physical activity changes, according to a presentation given by MUSC representative, Coleen Martin, MS, RD, at the celebration Tuesday night. To learn more about the contest, visit: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/leanteam/Wellness-Checklist-Contest.
Ten school buildings in the region participated in the contest in its first year of existence including The Wyndcroft School, Franklin Elementary School, Boyertown Area Senior High School, Colebrookdale Elementary School, Boyertown Elementary School, Brookeside Montessori, West Pottsgrove Elementary, Pottsgrove Middle School, Pottsgrove High School and Coventry Christian School. Each school was awarded $1,000 by the PAHWF to be used towards wellness programs of their choosing. As the contest winner, Wyndcroft received an additional $2,000 as well as a trophy to be displayed on its campus. Wyndcroft, Franklin Elementary School (Pottstown School District), and Pottsgrove Middle School were the three top point earners of the participating schools.
About the Foundation: The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation’s mission is to enhance the health and wellness of area residents, providing education, funding and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Visit www.pottstownfoundation.org for more information about the Foundation. Discover Pottstown area’s online community, Mission Healthy Living, to learn and share great information on how to lead a healthier life. You can also follow Mission Healthy Living on Facebook and Twitter and The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation on LinkedIn and Pinterest.