Healthy kids means healthy schools, there is no way around it, and healthy schools are a fundamental part of creating the healthiest community in Maryland. Harford County Public Schools are a key member of the Healthy Harford Partnership, where we all work together to create healthier programs for our children.
Harford County Public Schools Wellness Policy – Did you know that Harford County Public Schools has a district-wide School Wellness Policy for the entire county? The policy was adopted in 2006 and amended in 2009. Mary Nasuta, RN, Nurse Coordinator for Harford Count Public Schools is the Wellness Policy Administrator and is responsible for ensuring that each school is compliant with the policy.
Student Healthy Weight Program – Harford County Public elementary schools hosts the Student Healthy Weight program, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded program designed to help obese elementary school students achieve optimal health. This child centered program creates a wellness team consisting of the child’s school, family, and physician to help support the child with their wellness goals.
Days of Taste program in Harford County Days of Taste® is an interactive three day program that encourages 4th grade elementary school students to appreciate the taste and nutritional benefits of fresh local food. The program brings together chefs, farmers and volunteers in the community with kids for hands-on activities both in the classroom and at local farms. Through this program kids learn where their food comes from, the 5 elements of taste (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami) and how to combine tastes to create delicious food – the fundamentals for anyone who cooks! Students visit a local farm to see how food is grown and produced, learn about the science involved in farming and cooking, and with the guidance of a local chef, create a homemade salad and dressing to eat together.
Kids that live in food insecure environments are hungry all year long, not just during the school year. To help address hunger issues for these children, the Harford County Public Schools host the Harford County Summer Meals program – Harford County Public Schools provides meals to summer education programs, camps that serve at-risk kids, and mobile meals at select locations. All children ages 2 to 18 are able to receive meals just by showing up. No registration is required.
Every spring starting around May, Healthy Harford will post:
- the locations and times for the summer meals
- any other food support programs that are available for school age children i.e. Programs through Mason Dixon for children in the northern end of the County.