Wasaga school golden when it comes to healthy living

Carrots are the new Cheetos.

That’s the motto of Worsley Elementary School’s health action team, which was recently awarded a gold “healthy school” certification from the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association.

The award recognizes the team’s efforts to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and launching several initiatives focused on mental health — including a kindness campaign, a healthy quote of the day during morning announcements, and music piped through the school’s PA system during breaks.

Members of the Wasaga Health Action Team with their gold certification award from the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association. — Ian Adams/Metroland

“I thought the group was interesting, and I wanted to help promote healthy living,” said Grade 8 student Savannah Guthrie, one of several students on the team, which also includes two teachers, a community health nurse, and a pair of parents.

Teacher and team member Shawn Smith said the certification marks an important step for the school, recognizing its ongoing efforts and as an opportunity to discuss new health initiatives.

“It recognizes some of the feel-good things that are going on already and could lead to new initiatives to enhance the health and well-being of the school community,” he said.

Smith said the process to certify was very “elaborate” and required the school to establish the team, assess the school’s needs and assets, determine priorities, and create an action plan.