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Dorchester Two Schools Recognized for Wellness Efforts

Dorchester_TrophyThe First Annual Wellness Achievement Awards hosted by Healthy South Carolina Initiative Awardee Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness (BCCW) and Dorchester School District Two recognized 22 schools for their efforts to create healthy school environments that promote healthy eating and active living for their students and staff.  100% of Dorchester District schools met the award recognition criteria determined by points scored on the MUSC BCCW School Wellness Checklist.

Superintendent Joseph Pye spoke to the group, “We have a responsibility to teach our kids and model positive health behaviors.”

Dr. Janice Key with BCCW explained the importance of creating policies and environments to support healthy eating and physical activity. “You can’t just tell people to eat healthy and exercise more. You have to make it easier,” said Dr. Key.

Participating schools formed a Wellness Committee. Highlights of accomplishments include:

  • 91% of schools created or maintained a sustainable school garden.
  • 73% of schools had a physician adopt their school.
  • 77% of schools formed an active student walking club/sports club.
  • 68% of schools received external grant funding.
  • 59% of schools replaced at least one fundraiser with a healthy or non-food fundraiser.

Other school activities included: water drinking campaigns, lactation policies, physical activity challenges, and physical activity breaks.

The top point-earning schools were Alston Middle, Oakbrook Middle, and Rollings Middle. The grand prize winner, Alston Middle, was awarded $3,000 and a trophy to keep for the year.

Read more about School Wellness Awards in Charleston and Berkley County.