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School and Afterschool Wellness Awards

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

The Oregon Department of Education, the Nutrition Council of Oregon, the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and OregonASK are teaming up to reward exemplary School & Afterschool Programs for creating and sustaining a culture of wellness for youth and staff. With consideration to the current circumstances, this years' wellness award committee has chosen to simplify the application. The gathering of the required information and completing the application is expected to take between 1-3 hours.

  • School Programs selected will receive statewide recognition, a personalized plaque, and a custom banner, as well as a $2,500 award to be used to further nutrition, physical activity, and/or other wellness efforts within their school.
  • Afterschool Programs selected will receive statewide recognition, a personalized plaque, and a custom banner, as well as a $1,000 award to be used to further nutrition, physical activity, and/or other wellness efforts within their program.
As a sponsor of the awards, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council provides the cash award and a recognition banner for each winner. 

View the on-demand presentation at your convience for an overview of the application process and FAQ.
For additional guidance, including award rules, required materials, and the selection process, please contact Michelle Lincoln at (503) 947-5889 or michelle.lincoln@ode.state.or.us

School Wellness Award

Application Instructions
If you believe, your school has established and deserves to be recognized for the healthy, active culture for learners and staff in-person, and/or comprehensive distance learning, complete the following application and submit it, with the supporting documents, BY January 31, 2022. 

Use each question to describe your school's progress in implementing and/or exceeding your district's wellness policy over the last 18 months and highlight what makes your school shine! Assemble a team of school wellness champions, including your school nutrition director, to help complete this application. 

The best applications are completed with collaboration and data from staff and school community members. If a full team cannot be assembled, please get input from at least 2-3 people. Before starting your application, check to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications and gather the required supplemental items listed below.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Schools must participate in at least one of the following: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program or Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Only schools that have not previously received the School Wellness Award may apply.
  • Your district must have a board-adopted local wellness policy.
The following materials are required:

(Printable version of the School Wellness Award Application)

  • District Local Wellness Policy

Optional materials: 
  • A roster of wellness committee or SHAC members  
Winning schools serve as examples for others across the state. Wellness work should inspire and be replicable for other schools in Oregon.

Afterschool Wellness Award

Application Instructions
If you believe your Afterschool Program deserves recognition for the healthy, active environment it has established, complete the following application and submit it, with the required supporting documents, BY January 31, 2022. 

Use each question to describe your Afterschool Program progress in implementing and/or exceeding your organization's wellness policy or guidelines over the last 18 months and highlight what makes your program shine! Assemble a team of wellness champions, including your Food Programs Coordinator/School District Nutrition Director if applicable, to help complete this application. 

The best applications are completed with collaboration and data from program staff and school community members. Before starting your application, check to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications and gather the required supplemental items listed below. 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Programs must participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Afterschool Program to apply.
  • The only organizations that have not previously received the Afterschool Wellness Award may apply.
The following materials are required: (Printable version of the Afterschool  Wellness Award Application)
  • Wellness Policy

Optional materials:
  • A roster of wellness committee members
Winning Afterschool Programs serve as examples for others across the state.  Wellness work should inspire and be replicable for other programs in Oregon.

Congratulations to 2020-2021 School Wellness and the Afterschool Wellness Award Winners!

  • Ventura Park Elementary, David Douglas School District
  • Pleasant Hill High School, Pleasant Hill School District
  • Boys & Girls Club of Albany
  • Eugene Family YMCA

Previous Wellness Award Winners

School Wellness Contact Information: Jennifer Young, MPH, EdD, RDN School Wellness Policy CoordinatorPhone: 503.947.5795 Jennifer L Young

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