McLeod Children’s Hospital announces wellness results
McLeod Children’s Hospital and the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness hosted an achievement ceremony on May 26 to announce the results of a wellness program at 20 schools in Florence School District One. Throughout the year, each school has been working to improve the health of their students and faculty, guided by a School Wellness Checklist© that awards points for each item implemented.
The checklist has seven components: getting started, nutrition, physical activity, wellness culture, stress management, employee connection, and sustainability. During the ceremony, McLaurin Elementary School and North Vista Elementary School were named the winners of the 2016 Wellness Achievement Award. Each school received $3,000 for their wellness programs.
Each of the 18 remaining schools also received $1,000 for their wellness programs. A portion of McLaurin Elementary School’s wellness program focused on healthy food options with the help of classroom gardens as well as physical activity through participation in local races.
The school plans to purchase additional equipment to encourage exercise and fitness along with signage to promote health. Wellness activities implemented at North Vista Elementary School include walk days, healthy food tastings, and education and awareness through posters and digital signs. The school’s morning show also features morning stretches for students and faculty.
The school plans to use their award money to begin a gardening project. About the McLeod Boeing Center for Children's Wellness In 2014, McLeod Children’s Hospital partnered with Florence School District One to implement the Docs Adopt© School Health Initiative as part of a grant from the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness. Established in 2007, Docs Adopt© focuses on helping schools establish and implement healthy practices in an effort to decrease childhood obesity.
McLeod physicians participating in the initiative “adopt” a school and work with a committee to set short-term and long-term goals based on the School Wellness Checklist©. The physicians offer hands-on guidance and education in areas such as nutrition, physical activity, and stress management to achieve those goals.
Participating schools include: Wilson High School, South Florence High School, West Florence High School, Williams Middle School, Sneed Middle School, Southside Middle School, Briggs Elementary School, Delmae Elementary School, North Vista Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Lucy T. Davis Elementary School, Carver Elementary School, Dewey L. Carter Elementary School, Henry Timrod Elementary School, John W. Moore Intermediate School, McLaurin Elementary School, Royall Elementary School, Savannah Grove Elementary School, Wallace Gregg Elementary School, and Lester Elementary School.