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Nov. 8, 2010

Forest Heights Elementary School project named to All-Health Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The "Healthy Me! Mind, Body and Soul" project at Forest Heights Elementary School has been named to the All-Health Team, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"Forest Heights Elementary has committed to help its students develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime," said Joann Minder, All-Health Team program coordinator. "Students produced a nutrition video using the food pyramid as a guide. They also produced a physical activity video that the student body uses during exercise breaks."

The school received a "Fresh Fruit and Vegetable" grant from the S.C. Department of Education that enables students to learn about and try different fruits and vegetables at school twice a week. The school held a Family Fitness Night that was attended by 250 adults and students. Attendees received bags of fresh fruit and participated in fitness sessions at the event. The parents and students signed a family fitness and fun pledge to eat smart and move more.

Minder said the students also learned about creating and maintaining healthy friendships. They established Health Buddies from E. E. Taylor Elementary School in Columbia via podcasting, distance learning and face-to-face visits.

"The wonderful thing about this project is its holistic approach to health," Minder said. "It focuses on developing the children physically, socially and mentally."

DHEC, WIS-TV, and BlueCross-BlueShield of South Carolina sponsor the All-Health Team. Each month, the partnership recognizes an individual or youth group promoting health in their community. For more information, visit the All-Health Team website, call Minder at (803) 545-4501, or e-mail her at:


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Joann Minder – (803) 545-4501
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