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How the schools that children attend contribute to their overall well-being.
June 14, 2010
‘Safe Routes’ lure kids to walk, bike to school
Fewer than 15 percent of schoolchildren walk or ride their bikes to school, down from 50 percent a generation ago. But for health's sake, communities are working to remove the barriers that keep today's youngsters from getting to school the old-fashioned way.
June 10, 2010
Boot camp aims to remake school meals
More than 100 school food service workers from across Colorado will get hands-on training in cooking from scratch at a series of Culinary Boot Camps this summer.
June 7, 2010
Programs bridge summer feeding gap
Children’s learning isn’t the only thing that takes a hit during the summer. Many poor youngsters may go hungry
June 1, 2010
School clinics armed for reproductive health
Colorado's school-based health centers have a new tool in their campaign to help sexually active teens with scant knowledge of safe sex practices.
May 27, 2010
DPS pushing ambitious health agenda
Denver Public Schools is working on a five-year plan to make kids and employees healthier, safer and fitter. The goals must actually be achievable to be included in the plan.
May 24, 2010
Learning Landscapes boost physical activity
Learning Landscapes -- high-end playgrounds -- have been working magic at Denver schools for a decade. Studies show they boost physical activity significantly.
May 17, 2010
Schools track student fitness with Fitnessgram
Fitnessgram, a fitness assessment and reporting program for youth developed in Texas nearly 30 years ago, is spreading rapidly through Colorado schools. It's geared to the needs of less athletically-gifted students, few of whom can pass the older Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge.
May 10, 2010
Culinary students revamp lunchrooms, enliven classes
Denver's Johnson & Wales University, renowned for its culinary school, is sending its students into Denver Public Schools lunchrooms and classrooms to make the point that good nutrition is both tasty and teachable.
May 3, 2010
Backpack programs keep kids fed over weekend
The one meal homeless kids can count on is a school lunch five days a week. Now, a program that's expanding across the state is helping ensure they have food over the weekend as well.
April 26, 2010
Schools devise creative fitness strategies
Some educators are getting creative in finding new ways to build more physical movement into the school day
April 18, 2010
Family Wellness Summit has them hopping…and more
The Family Wellness Summit at Cherry Creek's Grandview High School on Saturday drew hordes hoping to help kids burn off some energy.
April 16, 2010
“Recess” coaches may help classroom work
Some Denver schools are considering "recess coaches" to help students get more out of time spent on the playground.
April 11, 2010
Dougco’s fitness quest starts with teachers
Douglas County aims to be the healthiest school district in the nation by 2015. And they're starting with their teachers.
April 6, 2010
Tackling child hunger, better school food
Sen. Michael Bennet dined with second-graders, then talked turkey with adults about ways to decrease child hunger in Colorado
April 5, 2010
Concussions policy fuzzy for student athletes
More than a quarter of Colorado high schools surveyed have no written policy governing how sports-related head injuries will be treated. Video
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