Monday, September 8, 2014

Cooper Rover Bridge Run 2015 Grant Applcation

Grant applications are now being accepted for the 2015 CRBR!  Applications are due 10/10/2014!

Schools are encouraged to apply using this form.  You can receive points on your School Wellness Checklist for participating as a school team in the CRBR!  Its a win-win:)

From the CRBR and the Coastal Community Foundation:

"The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction and also helps broaden community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. The CRBR serves as a model of health motivation for other communities throughout the world. In 2006, CRBR created a fund at Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) to distribute grants to Lowcountry non-profit organizations that advance the CRBR objective of the promotion of regular physical activity for a healthy lifestyle. Applicants are encouraged to focus on the following outcomes: public awareness of the importance of regular physical exercise; providing opportunity for regular physical exercise; and/or increasing opportunity for participation in the CRBR by underserved populations."

Also, join us on the bridge this coming Saturday at 9am (9/13) on the Charleston side!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Farm to School and the School Wellness Checklist

Farm to School items were added to the School Wellness Checklist this year to support the efforts of the Farm to School program. We're really excited to offer these points:

  • Cafeteria provides and promotes 2 locally grown fruits and/or vegetables per month (5 points)
  • School Garden - using the garden as a classroom to teach about nutrition (3 points)
There are tons of resources, including FREE teaching materials on the Farm to School website!  

We want to let you all know that we will need to see example menus if you claim the points for serving locally grown produce in the cafeteria. Please share this with your cafeteria managers! The food production record from that week with the item(s) circled works well.

We are more than happy to help with the verification for this item!!

Schools have nothing but great things to say about partnerships with local farms, so have some fun with it!

MUSC Heart Walk

Guest Post from MUSC and AHA Heart Walk:

**You can receive points on your School Wellness Checklist for participation as a team!!**

Please join the MUSC Children’s Hospital “Little Hearts” at the Lowcountry Heart Walk this year!  We had great participation from elementary schools last year and would love to have walkers from each Charleston County school this year.  Here’s how it works…..
  1. Assemble a team of walkers from your school
  2. Go to
  3. Proceed to the “Register Here” link and click “Start a team”
  4. Start your school’s team by clicking “New Team Under Company” and choose the MUSC          Little Hearts group
  5. Use your school’s name as the team name and follow the prompts to complete your registration
Just like last year, each walker that raises $25 through their school’s team will receive a MUSC Little Hearts t-shirt. Your $25 donation will go straight to the American Heart Association for the charitable work they do at MUSC and throughout our community.

If you and your teammates are eligible for a free t-shirt, email your size(s) to Emily Warr from MUSC Children’s Hospital at   Details about shirt delivery/pick-up will be announced closer to the event.

Available sizes are:
S, M, L, XL, XXL
XS, S, M, L, XL

We hope you’ll join us for this awesome community event!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fit Family Challenge- Register Today!

The SC Hospital Association, Coca Cola, CVS, and MUSC are challenging families in South Carolina to get active and eat healthy. Encourage your teachers, students, and families to join this healthy lifestyle program with free classes and expert advice and nutrition tips, using the handy online fitness tracker to earn points for your family. Enter daily activities and healthy habits to earn points and win prizes. This is a great way to kick off the summer staying healthy!

Register today! The Challenge ends July 10!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Belle Hall Elementary's School Garden Success!

Belle Hall Elementary in Charleston County School District was featured in the Moultrie News last week! Check out the photos below of their school garden. Third grade students were also able to taste the vegetables they have grown this year. Keep up the great work!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

National Walking Day!

Walking To School to Promote Heart Healthy Living!

On Wednesday April 2nd 2014, Fort Dorchester Elementary School students, parents, teachers and staff, participated in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day.  Everyone met in the parking lot of Wescott Golf Course at 6:40 and then headed out for the 20 minute walk to school!  All participants enjoyed the weather and the opportunity to experience healthy exercising with a brisk morning walk.  Thanks to the FDES school family, for promoting heart healthy living and for getting our school day off to a great start! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Drinking Water Campaign in Dorchester 2!

Schools in Dorchester County School District 2 are also promoting water drinking as a healthy option for students and faculty!

Check out Givhans Alternative Program's health newsletter their school nurse and wellness committee put together. The school also has signs up over the drinking water fountains and throughout the school. Keep up the great work!