Earlier this year, The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) hosted six regional workshops entitled School Wellness: Action. The workshops focused on encouraging and assisting Kansas schools in taking action to implement modeling level wellness policies. The Kansas Pork Association was a sponsor of the workshops.
Over 430 participants from 172 school districts learned how wellness is incorporated into accreditation, discussed best practices in promoting wellness within the school and community and heard from several community partners on resources available to help take their wellness policies to the next level to create a healthier school environment. Students in attendance took part in special, student-focused breakout sessions encouraging them to take an active role in their district’s wellness committee.
One specific area discussed from the Kansas School Wellness Policy Model Guidelines was Farm to Plate. KSDE, along with several community partners, featured resources to encourage implementation of farm to place policies and practices within the school.
Participants were taken on two virtual farm tours, provided by KPA and the Midwest Dairy Council, to promote that farm to plate doesn’t just mean fruits and vegetables. Workshop attendees also enjoyed a meal, prepared by the local school district in most locations, featuring Kansas pork and sponsored by KPA.
KPA sponsors school wellness workshops