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School Aged Children - Nutrition in Our Schools

Academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choices and availability of healthy foods in our schools.

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In Missoula:

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It is clear that choices and the quality of food and beverages offered in the school settings need to be improved to support student physical growth, brain development, resistance to disease, emotional stability and ability to learn. Additionally, good health fosters increased student attendance rates as well as reduced discipline problems.

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NUTRITION STANDARDS IN MISSOULA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Nutrition Wellness Subcommittee works to develop and implement nutritional standards using federal guidelines, as well as the latest research and recommendations in nutrition for school age children in Missoula. This is your chance to get involved to provide a school environment that promotes and protects children's health, well-being, and ability to learn. Meeting times vary - go to Missoula County Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for more information.

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RESEARCH

The Missoula City County Health Department is conducing several pilots and research programs designed to foster healthy eating behaviors and choices in Missoula County Public Schools. This research will assist in setting limits for foods that contribute to obesity and promoting foods that contribute to overall health.

MISSOULA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WELLNESS POLICY

For more information or to help out please contact:

Contacts

Health Services Director
Kate Siegrist - 258-4986
ksiegrist@co.missoula.mt.us

Nutrition Services Manager
Mary Pittaway - 258-4837
mpittaway@co.missoula.mt.us

Eat Smart Coordinator
Rebecca Morley - 258-3827
rmorley@co.missoula.mt.us

CATCH Coordinator
Lisa Tims - 258-3894
ltims@co.missoula.mt.us


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