Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees heard a presentation from board member Dr. Grace Gosar on the health of students and staff of the district.
She gave the trustees a short quiz to test their “Health IQ” with most trustees not getting a favorable grade.
And that was the point, she said. How can we expect children in the district to make healthy choices themselves when we as adults, parents, board members and leaders in the community cannot make healthy choices or know how to live healthier lives.
Dr. Gosar gave out information focusing on the “Wellness Impact” which describes how healthy children that make healthy choices, exercise perform better academically than those who are not.
Studies show, according to the information Gosar presented, that physical education, physical activity and academic performance are all interrelated.
Gosar wants to see more healthy food choices in schools, more healthy choices for snacks machines and an overall healthier approach from the district in practices and principles to increase the end results that everyone wants, which is better academic performance from and a better education for the district's kids.
The board voted to start a Health Policy Committee to be up and running within 2 to 3 months. Dr. Jeannie Iberlin and Gosar have been appointed and will begin to recruit others for the committee.