COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 24

January 28, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Implementation of Governor Mark R. Warners Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard and Awards Program

 

We are pleased to announce that beginning January 31, 2005, public schools can begin entering information on the interactive Governors Nutrition and Physical Activity Web-based Scorecard. As announced in Superintendents Memo No. 243, December 3, 2004, the Governors Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard and Awards Program are components of Governor Mark R. Warners Healthy Virginians initiative. The program provides criteria for best practices for nutrition and physical fitness and recognizes schools for implementing these practices through a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. The scorecard standards can also be used to assist schools in revising existing practices or implementing policies to improve student health. Schools are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to measure current activities against research-based practices that support physical activity and good nutrition.

 

To view the Scorecard and/or participate in the awards program, please go to http://www.healthyvirginians.virginia.gov/Students/index.cfm. Once at the site, school teams will be asked to enter a login and password, which have been mailed to each school principal and each division school nutrition coordinator and health and physical education coordinator in the commonwealth. If a school has not received a login and/or password, please email the department at hvscore@doe.virginia.gov. After logging on, a team will be asked to respond electronically to 34 questions pertaining to nutrition and physical activity. When all questions have been answered, a total score will be automatically calculated and, if appropriate, a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award will be granted to the school.

 

If the school does not achieve enough points to receive an award, the school may reapply when changes in practices and/or policies have been made. When a school receives an award, arrangements will be made by the Department of Education to coordinate the presentation of the Governors resolution and banner of recognition.

 

Should you have questions pertaining to nutrition, please contact Lynne Fellin, acting director of school nutrition programs, at Lynne.Fellin@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2074. Questions related to physical activity should be directed to Vanessa Wigand, health education, physical education, and driver education specialist, at Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-3300. General questions regarding the implementation of the award should be directed to Cynthia Cave, director of student services, at Cynthia.Cave@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2818.

JLD/CC/mae

 

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