A Coach’s Take on Becoming One of America’s Healthiest Schools
By Matt Majors, Boys & Girls Swimming Coach, Raymore-Peculiar High School, Peculiar, Missouri
As a high school swimming coach, I often tell my athletes about the importance of fueling their bodies with healthy foods in order to do their best in the pool. These foods not only provide the body with the nutrients it needs to perform, but they also give the brain the energy it needs stay focused.
The same holds true in the classroom. Research shows that healthy students perform better academically – they get higher grades, attend school more often and have fewer behavioral problems.
These are the kinds of results we experienced at Raymore-Peculiar High School when we become one of America’s Healthiest Schools. Since enrolling in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, we’ve transformed our campus into a healthier one that encourages everyone to fuel for optimal achievement – whether that’s in the pool, in the classroom or even at home.
In the cafeteria, our lunch line features more healthy options from which students can choose. Our school stores now sell fresh fruits. We’re also providing students and staff with fresh produce to take home.
To keep all students and staff moving, we purchased new equipment for our fitness center and opened it up to everyone – not just athletes. Teachers utilize physical activity breaks during class to get the blood flowing and we now offer classes on active, healthy living.
In order for Raymore-Peculiar to reach its peak performance and earn the Alliance’s National Healthy Schools Silver Award, we had to work together and commit to setting a healthier example for our students, families and the entire community.
Coaches can play a central role in these efforts at any school. Set an example for your team by joining your school’s wellness committee or promoting healthy fundraisers to raise money for your next season.
Ready to dive in and become one of America’s Healthiest Schools? Get started today!
Matt Majors is the boys & girls swimming coach at Raymore-Peculiar High School in Peculiar, MO. The school was recently named to the 2016 list of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.