Parent Members Release Health Justice Report
June 11, 2012 - This morning at North High School, parent members from Padres & Jóvenes Unidos presented their publication, “Health Justice Report: A Community Analysis of Nutrition, Food Access and Physical Activity in Denver Public Schools,” to a panel of officials from Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Health.
Parent members asked the panelists to endorse the report’s recommended solutions and to work for their full implementation in Denver Public Schools.
All six panelists (Antwan Wilson, Assistant Superintendent of Post-Secondary Readiness, DPS; John Simmons, Executive Director, Division of Student Services, DPS; Anne Rowe, Board Member, DPS; Theresa Hafner, Executive Director, Food & Nutrition Services, DPS; Rick Metz, Project Coordinator, Physical Education Department, DPS; Jennifer Wieczorek, Health Promotion Program, Denver Public Health) endorsed the parents’ report and signed a written pledge to work for the full implementation of the report’s solutions, which are:
1. Expand Recess Before Lunch
2. Expand Breakfast-in-the-Classroom
3. Ensure that all students have quality scheduled physical activity and recess during the school day.
Padres & Jóvenes Unidos applauds the panelists’ commitment to solving the health crisis through community collaboration and the full implementation of the above policies. We will continue to push Denver Public Schools to implement health and fitness policies that ensure justice for all of our community. Together, our collective will and efforts can stem the tide of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in our youth and ensure that all students are ready and able to learn.
Padres & Jóvenes Unidos would also like to thank the parent members who helped craft this report and its solutions – without your passion for Health Justice, this report would not be possible.
We invite you to read the entire report below and join us in this movement to ensure health justice for our communities and youth.
Also read more about the event from the Westword, Education News Colorado, and Viva Colorado.
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