School Task Force Chair, Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, MS
Schools and childcare facilities have the ability to improve health outcomes for young people because they have access to many children and can offer an environment that can promote healthy eating and physical activity.
The School Task Force seeks to strengthen systems to provide daily physical activity and healthy food options in pre-K-12 facilities.
Goals of the School Task Force are to:
- Assist Schools in their implementation of the School Wellness Plan
- Ensure each school provides quality physical education, health education, nutrition and physical activity opportunities to all students
- Explore partnerships with organizations and agencies to further physical activity and healthy food choices in schools
Helpful links for Schools:
State of Hawaii Wellness Guidelines (Hawaii DOE)
Action For Healthy Kids (USDA)
Healthier US Schools Challenge (USDA Team Nutrition)
Start Living Healthy (Hawaii DOH)
Nutrition Education for Wellness (University of Hawaii Manoa)
Safe Routes to Schools’ Walk to School days were started in March, 2012 by Nolly Yagin and Kurt Watanabe of the Department of Public Works, County of Maui. NPAC, along with the Maui Family YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities leadership team, have participated in and supported these walks. We want to expand our reach and assist in Walk to School days at other elementary schools in Maui County. Please contact us if you’d like to start a Walk to School Day at an elementary school near you.
As a recipient of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act “Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, NPAC facilitated the training of staff at all after-school sites in Maui County in Kaho`omiki’s Fun 5 program which provides food preparation tools and recipes and teaches staff how to make healthy snacks via a program developed at Kapi`olani Community College’s Culinary School. In addition, playground equipment was provided and training given for SPARK, the non-competitive sports program developed out of San Diego State University. For the first time ever, this training was brought to the remote areas of Hana on Maui and the islands of Lana`i and Moloka`i.