Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – One of Chippewa Falls schools has been named one of America’s healthiest this year.
Chippewa Falls Middle School is one of 461 schools named by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Thirteen of those schools are in Wisconsin. Each school made the list based on the criteria of serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students active, offering quality health and physical education, and encouraging school leaders to be healthy role models.
“I think that’s our job as physical education teachers, is that we want kids to be life-long movers,” said Kate Fjelstad, physical education teacher at Chippewa Falls Middle School. “So, if we can teach them ways that they can find different sports or skills that keep them moving, they can do that when they’re done with middle school, when they are done with high school, and find things to be able to do for long periods of time.”
Each school is given an award level of bronze, silver or gold. Chippewa Falls Middle School earned silver. School officials said they believe their 35 minutes of phy ed everyday was a big reason the school was ranked that high. Along with PE, the school follows the federal guidelines for the National School Lunch Program, and eliminated unhealthy snacks from vending machines.
The school plans to go for the gold next time the application opens. For the complete list of schools, see here.