been more than two years since the Kodiak Island Borough School District
implemented a federally mandated wellness policy for students. Now they finally
have someone to run it. KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more.
Curen is the new wellness coordinator, an administration-level position that
works with schools throughout the district to make health a priority.
Curen 1 :15s “…to
become healthy role models.”)
has been on the job for just under a month, and already she’s been visiting
schools and trying to get a sense of what kinds of health policies are in
place. She says the district’s food service department recently began offering
prepared salads and other healthy meals for students and staff. Several schools
have also implemented their own exercise programs.
Curen 2 :17s “…after
a certain distance.”)
One of her
first projects has been to get district schools to sign up for the Alliance for
a Healthier Generation. A number of schools signed on immediately for the
program, which seeks to combat childhood obesity. The alliance provides a
survey that helps schools improve their overall approach to healthy education.
Curen 3 :16s “…helps
us look at those areas.”)
district implemented the wellness policy two years ago, it formed a committee
to help shape the policy and provide recommendations to teachers and staff.
Heather Preece was a member of the committee and says one of the first things
they urged the district to do was hire a wellness coordinator.
1 :28s “…and just getting it moving.”)
she had her doubts about whether the district would be able to hire someone,
and although she’s no longer involved with the wellness committee, she says Van
Curen is a great fit for the job.
2 :25s “…all of their personal lives.”)
is looking forward to working with the wellness committee, and says it should
be easy to come up with new ideas for making kids healthier.
Curen 4 :17s “…and
we want to keep it going.”)
gave her first update to the school board during Monday night’s regular
meeting. She gave a presentation on the district’s wellness policy and efforts
to improve upon it, such as the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Wendy Van Curen will appear on KMXT tomorrow (Wednesday) during Spotlight. She
and Kodiak High School health teacher Eric Linscheid will discuss the
district’s wellness policy as part of KMXT’s fall fundraiser.