The Wellness Committee was inspired by the research showing how important nutrition, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle are for kids. Specifically:
- There is a direct connection between high sugar foods and inactivity to lowered educational and behavioral performance that can last throughout a lifetime.
- Many of our students count on meals from ESS ES as their only source of food for the day; these students deserve real, healthy food that nourishes their bodies.
- Children need support from the school to eat healthy food and make healthy food choices through education and the food that is served. This should start as early as possible.
- Wellness involves more than nutrition.
We want to continue and expand upon the great wellness-related happenings and resources at ESS ES and in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Join the ESS ES Wellness Committee!
- Children living with hunger are more likely to have repeated a grade, received special education services, or received mental health counseling, than children who have not experienced hunger. FRAC: Breakfast for Learning, Food Research and Action Center, Spring 2014.
- Research shows a clear link between food insecurity and low birth weight, birth defects, iron deficiency anemia, more frequent colds and stomach aches, developmental risk and mental health problems. The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Improving the Health and Well-Being of Americans,” Food Research and Action Center, January 2013.
- The Child Nutrition Act of 1966 was landmark legislation; it established our federal school meal and child nutrition programs that today put food in the bellies of millions of hungry children. National School Lunch Program (NSLP), USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
- Child Obesity an ‘Exploding Nightmare’ in Developing World: WHO
- Obesity among children and adolescents lead to a lifetime of chronic illnesses, and behavioral issues. Learn more at Real Food for Kids Montgomery
- New research suggests that cutting added sweeteners can improve kids’ health drastically and quickly.
- Poll Finds Most Back Healthy School Meals
- Montgomery Co. Public Schools score poorly in nutrition survey
- The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues
- Why There is So Much Sugar in Your Kid’s School Breakfast
- Psychologist Weigh in on the Importance of Gratitude
ESS ES Wellness Facts
- Nearly 60% of ESS ES students qualify for Free and Reduced Meals Program (FARMS)
- The Town Hall Meeting on Food & Nutrition held on May 6, 2015 at ESS ES provided more information to ESS ES parents about Montgomery County Public Schools Food & Nutrition.
- ESS ES Panda Club, the run club, and TKPK 5K provide fun ways to get kids moving.
- ESS ES is a part of the USDA Team Nutrition at the Silver level; there is a banner hanging in the cafeteria.
- The share table is available for students to place food on that they may not want to eat. It is then available for other students who may still be hungry. Ask your child about whether or not they take food from the share table.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Food & Nutrition Info
- Nutrient and ingredient profiles of the food in MCPS
- MCPS Food & Nutrition, Nutrient & Allergen Data
- Any elementary school child purchasing lunch is entitled to a free, 8 ounce bottle of water. http://www.realfoodforkidsmontgomery.org/accomplishments.php
- A variety of a la carte items are available in the school cafeteria separate from meals. All items available for sale are in compliance with JPG-RA. Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health. An example of an a la carte item served at ESS ES is low fat ice cream, available for purchase on Wednesdays. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/menus/alacarte.aspx
- Parents have the ability to restrict the purchase of a la carte items. Contact the school cafeteria manager.
- All school food purchases are tracked and an account history can be requested if there is a need to check how money is being spent. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/debitsystem/default.aspx?id=385154
- Doritos, Fruit Snacks Get the Boot as Montgomery County Schools Ban Certain Additives
- MCPS has instructed their vending company to begin the removal of marketing messages on vending machine fronts for beverages that are not allowed in daytime sales to bring them into compliance with their own wellness policy.
- In September, 2014, MCPS announced a new policy prohibiting from future bids for school food the following chemicals in future MCPS food: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), trans fat, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Aspartame, Acesulfame-Potassium, Saccharin, Butylated Hydroxyanisol (BHA), Potassium Bromate, Propyl Gallate, Sodium Tripoly Phoshate (STPP), and Tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ).