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How a Colorado school district created a healthier culture

Glenn E. Gustafson and Jessica Reijgers
August, 2016
Glenn E. Gustafson is chief financial officer and Jessica Reijgers is employee benefits manager for Colorado Springs District 11.

School districts have struggled for many years with the escalating cost of healthcare. Do you have to reduce benefits to be affordable? Do you have to shift costs between the district and the employee? Is there a better way? In Colorado Springs School District 11, we think we have found one.

Schools make cafeteria connections

Deborah Yaffe
July, 2016
Fruits and vegetables: A Saint Paul Public Schools student finds her breakfast quite tasty—and parents know it’s healthy, too. The district started to also incorporate more ethnic foods on menus.

More than five years after Congress required schools to serve healthier food, districts are using social media, technology tools and old-fashioned personal outreach to connect with parents. The goal: persuading them that today’s school meals are nothing like the sometimes unhealthy foods they remember from their own childhoods.

How to navigate yoga in schools

Ray Bendici
June, 2016

A school in Georgia made national headlines when parents opposed using yoga to help students relieve stress and increase focus. They said it promotes a Far East religion, though many practitioners disagree with that view.

Yoga mats roll out around the world

Ariana Fine
June, 2016
Students from Southern Pines Elementary School in North Carolina participated in Kids’ Yoga Day in April. (Photo: Sara Beavers)

On Kids Yoga Day this spring, children across the nation learned downward dog, the tree and the frog, among many other positions. One instructor says that students need just five minutes of bending and breathing to shed stress and re-focus on classroom instruction.

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