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Issue # 15February 2015
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The Cookbook Project Brings

Hands-On Nutrition Education to

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary




Second graders at ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary are participating in The Cookbook Project. The Cookbook Project is a food culture and cooking program that engages students experientially in the topics of nutrition and community health. 


The Cookbook Project launched at ReNEW Schaumburg in January under the leadership of Kim Walsh, Reading Intervention & Healthy Living Enrichment Teacher. She has been incorporating The Cookbook Project lessons into the second graders' enrichment period. Also supporting The Cookbook Project at ReNEW Schaumburg is the school's food service provider, Revolution Foods.


Ms. Walsh says: "The Cookbook Project has been great for our students in so many ways.  They are learning about nutrition and how to apply their knowledge to the food choices they make.  The Cookbook Project is also empowering them to feel comfortable in the kitchen and explore creating healthy snacks and meals.  Through collaboration with our food service provider, students are creating snacks from the foods they see at school. This not only encourages our students to eat more of the healthy foods they are provided at school, but also makes the skills they learn in the classroom accessible and applicable at home."



Shoshana Bochner, Revolution Foods Regional Partnerships Manager, has been collaborating with Ms. Walsh to plan and deliver The Cookbook Project lessons and had this to say about the partnership: "The partnership with the Cookbook Project and ReNEW Schaumburg has allowed us to connect the food that students receive at school to fun lessons they are learning in the classroom. We have used ingredients that students receive in their breakfasts, lunches and suppers each day in new ways (such as fruit salads and trail mix) which has helped to encourage students to try new and possibly unfamiliar foods that they receive in their school meals."


ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary is a SHC School Wellness Program partner.  

Audubon Charter School Students

 Take on the 100 Mile Club





Students at Audubon Charter School are taking on the 100 Mile Club! The 100 Mile Club challenges participants to run or walk 100 miles during a single school year while building self-esteem and improving the overall health of children and others.

With the support of their Physical Education Teacher, Stacy Cantrell, Audubon Charter School students in grades 1-3 are encouraged to exercise outside of school time with their families and track their mileage. Incentives are awarded throughout the challenge for every 25 miles that participants walk or run. There are currently 44 participants actively participating in the challenge. To recognize participants and celebrate their milestones (reaching 25, 50 or 75 miles), the school's daily announcements include mention of The 100 Mile Club. Additionally, photos of participants proudly showing off their celebratory milestone incentives are on display in the school. At the end of the school year, participants that reach 100 miles will be honored at a school assembly and receive a gold medal in recognition of their achievement!


Audubon Charter School is a SHC School Wellness Program partner.

Pictured are Audubon Charter School students in their 100 Mile Club t-shirts. 

Recognizing National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month



February isNational School-Based Health Care Awareness Month and in recognition, School Health Connection (SHC) would like to thank the school-based health centers (SBHCs) throughout Louisiana for providing youth with access to comprehensive primary and behavioral health care. SHC works with SBHCs in the Greater New Orleans area to improve quality and operational efficiencies; increase billing; and initiate new innovative operational and governance strategies, particularly focusing on adoption of SBHCs by Federally Qualified Health Centers. SBHCs play an essential role in the health of adolescents due to their holistic approach, integrating primary care and behavioral and mental health services, in addition to helping kids succeed in and out of the classroom.


SHC has conducted research on the impact of SBHCs within nine Orleans Parish schools. Key findings have shown that SBHCs are utilized with greater frequency than community-based care and African American males, in particular, are utilizing behavioral health support offered in SBHCs. Stay tuned for a series of reports on the impact of SBHCs in upcoming issues of SHC News. To view a list of the school-based health centers in the Greater New Orleans area, click here. 


   About School Health Connection

School Health Connection (SHC) is a regional collaborative effort formed after Hurricane Katrina to support the rebuilding and expansion of SBHCs in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. The goal of SHC is to improve the overall health of students and school communities.    SHC collaborative partners include local and state government and school systems, universities, medical institutions, foundations, and community partners. 


In 2006, SHC received funding to support the construction of SBHCs and enhance physical and behavioral health services in schools in the greater New Orleans area.


SHC provides support and technical assistance to school-based health centers in the greater New Orleans area and also works with schools to develop comprehensive school wellness programs.


The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) administers funds provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and GE Foundation on behalf of the SHC program and its partners. For more information about SHC and a complete list of locations, partners and medical sponsors, visit


About The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

 The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For further information on the foundation, please visit


About The GE Foundation

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them build the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world's toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities. We are at work making the world work better. Follow the GE Foundation at and on Twitter at  @GE_Foundation.


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