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  1. Selma NEWS An innovative program to promote school health among faculty, staff and students Presenters: Dr. Verdell Lett Dawson, Interim Superintendent Mrs. Smyly Kirkpatrick, CNP Director Dr. Brian F. Geiger, UAB Schl of Edu

  2. Health Concerns Spur Action! • In the East South Central Region of the U.S., obesity has increased 52.1% since 1991 • Several southern states have the highestpercentage of youth at risk for overweight or overweight • AL is 2nd highest in U.S. for rate of obesity • Between 26-29% of Alabamians are obese • Mortality rates for diabetes, stroke and heart disease in Dallas County greatly exceeded state and national rates, 1998-’00 Selma News 10-11-07

  3. Overview of Selma NEWS • Selma City Schools CNP began reducing fat in school menus in ‘01 • Selma City BOE adopted the initiative to reduce unhealthy living in children beginning in Nov ‘04 Selma News 10-11-07

  4. Dr. James H. Carter, Past Supt. and Chairperson Senator Hank Sanders Commissioner Ron Sparks, AL Agr & Ind Selma Mayor James Perkins, Jr. WCCS President James Mitchell Deputy Commissioner Teresa Smiley, AL Agr & Ind Mrs. Rita M. Lett, Liaison to Sen. Sanders Mrs. Patricia Mitchell, Lab Corp Dr. Verdell Lett Dawson, Selma City Schools Ms. Smyly Kirkpatrick, Selma City Schools UAB health and physical education faculty and students Selma NEWS Task Force Selma News 10-11-07

  5. 5 Pilot Schools in 2005-06 • Sophia P. Kingston Elem, Grades K-5 • School of Discovery Genesis Center, Grade 6 • Selma High School, Grades 9-10 • Payne Elem, Grades K-5 • Selma Middle C.H.A.T. Academy, Grades 7-8 Selma News 10-11-07

  6. Selma NEWS Activities • Established school wellness teams with multiple constituents • Conducted SHI assessment ‘05 • Planned interventions based on results • Received pilot funds from AGI; submitted multiple grant applications Selma News 10-11-07

  7. Selma NEWS Activities • Expanded breakfast program • Replaced unhealthy items with nutritious items in vending and fund raising • Developed “best practice” menus • Fewer total calories • Increased offerings of fruits and vegetables • Reduced sodium and fats • Offered water and juices daily • Improved extended day snacks Selma News 10-11-07

  8. Selma NEWS Activities • Restructured recess with new activities correlating to AL PE COS • Developed alternative fitness activities for students with medical exemptions • Enhanced teachers’ knowledge of fitness and wellness activities • Increased active time during PE classes Selma News 10-11-07

  9. Selma NEWS Activities • Held first health “Teach-in” day in ‘06 • Participated in ’05 county health fair and ’06 Family Wellness Day with art contest • Provided professional development for Alabama Health Education COS Selma News 10-11-07

  10. Healthy Living Policy • Selma City BOE approved for first reading the Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy in April 2006 • Final approval granted May 2006 • Began parent and community education • Community presentations • Student artwork displayed Selma News 10-11-07

  11. Response to Health Concerns • WCCS faculty & student nurses assessed ht, wt, BMI & BP of all students in pilot schools • CCN assessed blood glucose, anemia, cholesterol of at-risk children with assistance from UAB & CCF • Selma NEWS provided parent education and referrals Selma News 10-11-07

  12. Expanding Selma NEWS • Include all Selma Schools in ’07 • Received SDE Wellness Mini-Grant • Assess needs & assets (nutrition, fundraising, physical activity) • Continue health assessments with new partners • Enhance student health and physical education • Plan community outreach program for family education at Selma Mall Selma News 10-11-07

  13. New Partners • Alabama Department of Public Health • Alabama AFHK • Selma YMCA • Dallas County Health Department • Vaughn Regional Medical Center • Dallas County Fun and Family Health Fair: Dr. Bruce Taylor, Organizer Selma News 10-11-07

  14. Key Contacts • Dr. Verdell Lett Dawson, Mrs. Smyly Kirkpatrick, Mr. Robert Carter • Selma NEWS, c/o Selma City Schools 2194 Broad Street, Selma, AL 36701 • Tel: 334/874-1600,  Fax: 334/874-1604 Selma News 10-11-07