Save the Date
November 15 - 17, 2015
9th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.
Orange County Parents Fight for Recess
January 14, 2015
Should elementary schools have recess? Some Florida parents fight for break
Some Florida parents are fighting for their child’s right to recess. Twenty-three elementary schools in Orange County, Florida, have been cutting back on recess, and even canceling it altogether to maximize class time. In a recent Orange County School Board meeting, parents asked that recess time be enforced in all local schools for all students.
January 13, 2015
Orange will urge elementary principals to add recess
Laren Roth at Orlando Sentinel
More than 50 parents and children urged the Orange County School Board on Tuesday to set a districtwide policy requiring recess in elementary schools. But neither the board nor the superintendent was ready to make that move, citing the academic pressures students and teachers face. Parents said those pressures make play even more important.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of recess and physical activity? Check out these resources:
Recess for Learning
Action For Healthy Kids
How Parents can advocate for recess (plus has some links to other good sites)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends that schools provide 20 minutes of recess per day. Yet, up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess in order to free up more time for academics. Scaling back recess comes at a cost to learning. Research has shown that recess helps students to focus and learn better. It’s time for education policymakers to take play seriously and enhance recess to improve learning and school climate – and parents can help.
The State of Play - Gallup Survey of Principals on School Recess
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Class size. Standardized testing. The three R’s. When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning lies outside the classroom: on the playground at recess.
The Learning Connection
Action For Healthy Kids
Highlights the relationship between physical activity and academic performance
The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn demonstrates that physical activity supports academic achievement, well-nourished kids learn better and that healthier practices in schools can increase school revenue. The easy-to-read special report, released in 2013, is a roadmap for parents, educators, school administrators and school volunteers to create healthier school environments so the kids in their lives are better positioned to learn. It's a follow-up to Action for Healthy Kids' landmark 2004 report, The Learning Connection: The Value of Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity in Our Schools.
Read Full Report and View Infographic
January 15, 2015
News and Highlights from ROCK
Orange County Parents Fight for Recess • Florida Healthy District Self-Assessment Application • Orlando Youth Earns Right to Deliver Game Ball to Super Bowl • Kid Tested, Mom Approved Gardening Resource • Hebni's Fresh Stop Bus Needs Your Help to Win $4,000 • Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! • FL PTA Healthy Children, Healthy Future Summit in Orlando
January 15, 2015
Kid Approved Resource
Kid Tested, Mom Approved Gardening Resource
Thank you to Sarah, a local 5th grade student who found this resource while researching home gardening. Sarah shared it with ROCK, hoping other Central Florida kids will use it to grow their own garden. Way to go, Sarah! Sarah's mom had this to say about the ROCK website, "As a mother, I just wanted to personally thank ROCK for making your school garden resource page. You have some great resources and information that we are definitely going to use."
January 13, 2015
Florida Healthy District Self-Assessment Application
Deadline: April 15, 2015
The Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment Tool is provided by the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) in cooperation with Florida Action for Healthy Kids, Florida Association of District Superintendents and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. Experts from state agencies, school districts, and community partners created the tool to assist districts in achieving the highest standards in infrastructure and the eight component areas of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Coordinated School Health model.
January 9, 2015
Orlando youth earns right to deliver game ball to Super Bowl
12-year-old Bobby Sena has earned his way to Super Bowl XLIX by winning the NFL Play 60 Super Kid contest which is part of a program to fight childhood obesity.
ROCK Receives Mention as Successful Partnership in Study
University of Kentucky College of Public Health In Conjunction with Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc.
Models of Collaboration Involving Hospitals, Public Health Departments, and Others Improving Community Health through Successful Partnerships A multi-disciplinary team based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health has "recently completed a national study of successful partnerships between hospitals, public health departments, and other stakeholders, focused on assessing and improving the health of communities they jointly serve. The study, sought to identify highly-successful partnerships, examine those relationships, and ascertain key lessons learned from their collective experiences."
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
To start the year out on the right page, “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” will take place from January 26-30, 2015. In a continued effort to promote the connection between reading and health, the Departments of Health; Agriculture and Consumer Services; and Education are pleased to partner with the Dairy Council of Florida on this "Health Literacy in the Classroom" volunteer reading project. Volunteer readers are asked to visit Pre-K, Kindergarten and/or first grade classrooms around the state to read the "SunnyBell’s Florida Dairy Farm Adventure" book. The classroom book is available in limited quantity on a first-come, first-served basis. To participate, please register at: Survey Monkey by Friday December 19, 2014.