Two Monett schools honored for health outreach
Monett schools recognized for healthy community work
Two Monett schools received awards for outstanding achievement in promoting health during the fourth annual convening of recipients of grants from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
The session was held in St. Louis in October to celebrate their work with the Healthy Schools/Healthy Communities (HSHC) initiative during the fourth annual initiative convening.
Monett Elementary and Monett Middle Schools received the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 “National Healthy Schools Award.” The honor recognized the schools earned the Bronze Award earlier this year. Monett achieved this recognition by creating a wellness policy, lunch and breakfast menus, PE/Health curriculum standards and more.
In other honors, Alex Severs, Monett schools wellness coordinator for initiative, received the “Media Maven” award for her ability to consistently engage local media outlets in Monett, Joplin and Springfield to communicate about the success of the HSHC grant, and healthy changes made in and around the community.
Severs was joined by Shawn Hayden, community wellness coordinator for HSHC through Cox Monett Hospital, who participated in the convening’s “Things I Wish I Knew” panel discussion. Hayden talked with fellow HSHC grantees about lessons learned over the years.
Attendees spent two days sharing progress they have made in their communities, hearing from community leaders and getting hands on experience through skill-building sessions.
Monett school health champions Magan McPheeters and Paige Farr also attended the session. School champions are chosen for their commitment to creating healthy environments for students and play a crucial role in HSHC activities.
The HSHC initiative builds healthier futures for kids across Missouri by bringing together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to increase access to healthy food and physical activity where kids live, learn, and play.
"Barry County has seen improvements in resources for physical activity and healthy eating, but the largest improvement has been community engagement," said Severs. "We have established a diverse community partnership that is engaged and working toward establishing a culture to sustain a healthier community."