On July 17, state and national school health and wellness leaders came together to address over 800 participants at the 2015 Florida PTA Leadership Convention. Parents, students, and community leaders listened to keynote presentations from Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Ms. Laura Bay, National PTA President. Dr. Wechsler stressed learning through movement, the importance of physical activity/recess in school, and how offering healthy alternatives as rewards for good behavior will make a difference in the health and well-being of children and their learning environments. Dr. Wechsler also commended Florida for leading the nation in the support for physical activity and healthy eating within schools.
Dr. Wechsler later joined Ms. Bay, as well as several FL leaders for a school health and wellness panel. Participants eagerly asked questions of the panel, determined to take the knowledge gained through the Florida PTA Leadership Convention and implement it within their schools.
During the second day of the convention, participants had the opportunity to learn about the new Healthy School Team requirement, fundraising, and resources from the Florida Department of Agriculture, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and Dairy Council of Florida.
For assistance with the new Healthy School Team requirement, please visit the Florida Department of Agriculture’s website
For resources available to assist your Healthy School Team, please visit Action for Healthy Kids’ website
For information on how the Florida Dairy Council can assist your Healthy School Team, please visit Fuel Up to Play 60’s website