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For Release: March 27, 2010 
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601

School Wellness Assessment Available to All Oklahoma Schools
The Oklahoma Healthy and Fit Schools Scorecard

All Oklahoma schools will soon be able to conduct an assessment of their school’s environment as it relates to physical activity and nutrition.  The Oklahoma Healthy and Fit Schools Scorecard is a self assessment tool schools can use to assess the quality of their nutrition and physical activity programs.

The Web-based survey will be available to schools beginning in April.  Letters have already gone out to schools with login instructions and dates for submission.  Schools have an opportunity based on the score achieved to qualify for either a gold, silver, or bronze certification.  The Gold Award winners will also receive a banner to display at their school.  This is the fourth year the scorecard has been available for elementary schools and the first year it is available for middle schools and high schools. 

“The Healthy and Fit Schools Scorecard is a valuable tool that schools can use to help create a healthier school environment,” said Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports President Nancy Kabriel. “We are excited about the addition of the middle school and high school scorecards this year.  Eventually, we’d like to see every school attain gold level status.” 

The scorecard was designed to assess and monitor the school district’s Local School Wellness Policy.  In 2006, a federal law was created that requires each school district that participates in federally reimbursable school meals program to enact a Local School Wellness Policy. The scorecard can be used by the Healthy and Fit Advisory Committee to recommend changes that could further strengthen the district’s wellness policy. 

The Oklahoma Healthy and Fit Schools Scorecard is a project of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.  The Governor’s Council was formally established in 1988 by Executive Order (91-10) by Governor Henry Bellmon.  The council is charged with serving in an advisory capacity to the Governor and state leaders on issues related to physical activity and to promote and facilitate increased participation in regular physical activity.  More information about the Governor’s Council can be found at www.ok.gov/ogcpfs  or call Oklahoma State Department of Health Chronic Disease Service Physical Activity Coordinator Matt Jacobs at (405) 271-4072.



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