Quarterly newsletter | October 2018
News and highlights about school health and wellness efforts across our District!
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Who are we? The NHPS Health & Wellness Department provides support and guidance to schools and community partners to implement and coordinate efforts that promote the physical, social and emotional health of all students and staff. Through collaboration with many partners, our schools are becoming more health-promoting places in which to learn, work and succeed. We know that healthy kids make better learners, and our mission is to help all students to be physically and emotionally healthy, engaged and successful learners.
Through our newsletters, we want to share information about current wellness efforts happening in the schools, useful resources for staff, parents and partners, and we also strive to recognize the health heroes who are making “healthy change” possible every day in our schools!
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The School Health & Wellness team
Four New Haven Public Schools
Named to 2018 List of America's Healthiest Schools
At the press-conference to honor the four New Haven schools
Four New Haven Public Schools have been named to the 2018 list of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, receiving national recognition for their commitment to students’ health and well-being.

A total of 461 schools nationwide were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria—from availability of nutritious foods to access to quality physical education opportunities—as part of Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program.

The four schools from New Haven, which serves 1965 students, are the only four schools in Connecticut to receive this recognition. 
NHPS Employee Wellness Program:
We Will Help You to Stay Healthy While You Work
When it comes to health, it is easier to prevent than to treat. We all know that, but it always seems that we are either too busy, or too skeptical to take prevention seriously. In the meantime, prevention is not that hard, and for the NHPS employees it is within their reach, and completely free. I am talking about the Employee Wellness program. We are accustomed to think that it is primarily Zumba classes, wellness days, and newsletters with wellness tips in the inbox. Yes, it’s all of the above, but also individualized nutrition and exercise plans, stress management, and health education sessions. I learned about these services talking to Lindsay Marone and Mary Maloy, the experts behind the Employee Wellness program. Here is what transpired. 
Wellness gurus Lindsay Marone and Mary Maloy;
healthy milks offered by Mary on the wellness day
School Health Through
the Lens of Data
State and National Quality Initiatives for School Health Centers
Jane Milberg, APRN and Ranbir Bains, APRN, PhD
For two years – 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 -- our district participated in the National Quality Initiative (NQI) for school health centers. Last year, we were part of the local initiative for the Connecticut sites.
What are these initiatives about? Why do we need them? What good do they do for us?
The NQI was launched in 2014. It is a joint project of the School-Based Health Alliance and the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland. According to the Alliance’s mission statement for the NQI, in the modern world, school health centers are challenged to operate as businesses—with clinical efficiency, coding and billing savviness, and financial practicality.
The NQI is an opportunity to explore strategies that increase SHC sustainability and expansion while continuing to provide important, high-quality services that tackle the root causes of poor health and education outcomes among children and adolescents.
Potato Kugel Muffins
6 servings
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons of functional oil, divided
3 tablespoons matzoh meal tossed with 1 teaspoon dried chives
2 medium all-purpose potatoes, pared and shredded
1 medium sweet potato, pared and shredded
1 medium onion, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
2 whole eggs, beaten