Wellness Pictures

ALLIES Wellness Stories

  • Health and Wellness

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    2022- 2023


    ALLIES had a fantastic year caring for the health of our D49 students and staff by directly impacting where and how they can participate in curriculum-based lessons, healthy beverage and snack choices, growth mindset opportunities, and meeting CDE standards in physical education. 


    With consistent outdoor classroom settings, e-learning physical supportive videos, new PE equipment, and fresh flavored water options for staff, ALLIES as a whole used new goal setting, learning skills and creative strategies to complete physical activities and enhance our health and fitness programs.  Friendships and bonds with students were created while supporting each other in engaging activities and lessons.


    Our students have benefited from outdoor activities, enthusiastically providing feedback such as “I love having our PE classes outside!” and “I come to school ready to exercise outside in the sun!” The benefits of being able to go outside and use sports equipment has reflected in our students being able to focus and achieve more in their core classes. We have enjoyed receiving positive feedback from the students and their families that the health and wellness program at our school has had significant and exceptional benefits to our students enriching their productive learning time in class.  The staff has enjoyed the health benefits of the SodaStream machine and variety of sugar free flavors in the teachers lounge. Having easy access to flavored water has helped our staff stay hydrated with flavorful, fizzy water options.


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    Outdoor equipment of umbrellas and chairs improves the health care, mental and emotional health wellness of ALLIES D49 staff by directly impacting where and how they can find space to rest as well as engaging in creating curriculum-based lessons, collaborative projects supporting team building, growth mindset opportunities, and creating exceptional lessons for students.


    With the new equipment, ALLIES staff use the outdoor classroom space for both relaxation and engaging in projects and lessons supporting educational learning in our school.  Friendships and bonds were created while supporting each other in activities and lessons.


    Both our staff and students have benefited from the use of the new equipment, exclaiming “Can we do this every day” and “I have learned so much in our outdoor classroom" with enthusiasm for being able to have an outdoor teacher's lounge area for wellness and opportunities for new class time. 


    The benefits of being able to go outside have been reflected in our staff being able to rest and have a calm space to go to during the workday.


    We have enjoyed receiving positive feedback from the staff that the health and wellness program at our school has significant and exceptional benefits. 


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  •  ALLIES Success Story


    In the 2018-19 school year ALLIES began Workout Wednesday. Throughout the day students are encouraged to stop what they are doing and get moving!.  Exercises include those that build strength, encourage cardiovascular endurance, and refocus the mind. Workout Wednesday has become a staff favorite, this, in turn, encourages students to love it too, while increasing their engagement.


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Wellness Policy Overview

  • District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council should email wellness@d49.org for additional information.

    A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here

    Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, rewards & fundraisers:

    • All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing that the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
    • No candy or sodas are allowed.
    • Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the  Wellness Policy Guidelines.
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
    • Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available, nor can quality and sanitation standards be controlled.
    • Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.

    Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories

    Non-Food Celebration Ideas

    Cascadian Farm Kid-Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar

    Smencils (smell good pencils)

    Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack

    Glow Sticks

    Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn 


    6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers


    Stretch Island Fruit Leather


    Applesauce on the Go 

    Post-its in fun shapes

    Fruit cups in 100% juice


    Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

    Stress balls

    Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box

    Seeds for planting 

    Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar

    Lead a Dance Break


    Our commitment to physical activity:

    • Physical education is provided in elementary, middle, and high school.
    • Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
    • Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
    • Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings. 
      • Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.