Success Story - Rummel Creek Elementary
Recent studies have suggested that your health may depend upon on who you hang out with. If you have health conscious friends you will be too. Having the right environment really does matter.
At Rummel Creek Elementary (RCE) in Spring Branch Independent School District, the entire staff: Principal, classroom teachers and cafeteria manager are role models for their students.
Principal, Nancy Harn, promotes a healthy lifestyle on campus and only allows healthy snacks in the classroom.
According to the Second grade team, students bring sugar-free jello, low-fat pudding, yogurt, popcorn, fruits and veggies for both snack and classroom parties. The changes have been well received by everyone on campus and parents.
Librarian, Karen Harrell, helps students create healthy computer games, film health events and create healthy posters and displays.
The healthy changes have extended to the cafeteria too. Only healthy a la carte options are sold: string cheese, low fat yogurts, baked chips, bottled water and a bigger selection of fresh fruit.
Maria Suarez, RCE Cafeteria Manager, says the students at this campus choose to take the fruit and vegetable choice at lunchtime. The campus is offer vs serve, so the choice cannot automatically be placed on the tray, but that's no problem. These students really love their fruits and veggies.
Ms. Suarez is a great role model for the students too. Over the last year she's undergone a big transformation - maybe a "small" transformation is more appropriate. She's lost 85 poulds over the last 12 months. Ms. Suarez eats more salads, fruits and other veggies. She doesn't eat fast food anymore and steers away from other high fat, high calorie choices. She now exercises at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes on her treadmill. When asked how she has stayed motivated she said, "That's easy - I feel so much better. My blood pressure is under control. I have so much energy now. I don't want to go back to the old me and feel that way again."
Rummel Creek Elementary is one of three Spring Branch Independent Schools participating in the Oliver Kids Program with the Oliver Foundation and Baylor University of Medicine.