Dodgeland Elementary designated as Blue Zones approved

Dodgeland Elementary School was recognized May 24 for supporting student health and well-being. From left are Sue Kohn, physical education teacher; Jessica Johnson, principal; Linda Klinger, Beaver Dam Community Hospital; Kevin Klueger, fifth-grade teacher; and Gabrielle Zastrow, second-grade teacher. In front is Tracy Rose, Blue Zones Project organization lead.

JUNEAU — Following a walk-a-thon May 24, students and staff gathered to celebrate Dodgeland Elementary School being recognized as the newest Blue Zones Project approved school in Dodge County. This designation reflects the school’s commitment to teaching kids healthier habits they can carry with them for a lifetime.

“Building a culture of wellness in schools is no small task, but every child deserves a healthy school and programs like Blue Zones Project aim for long-term success,” said Tracy Rose, organization lead for Blue Zones Project Dodge County.

At Dodgeland Elementary, all cafeteria beverages and vending machines meet USDA Smart Snacks guidelines. A fruit and salad bar is offered daily. Through the efforts of their food service director, Dodgeland has implemented 70-80% cooking from scratch. The school also received a grant from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and purchased a healthy snack cooler.

Walking School Buses have been incorporated at Dodgeland for six-week periods in both the fall and spring semesters; community members help get the students to school safely by walking with them.

Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthier choices easier by encouraging simple changes to environment, policy and social networks. The initiative was brought to Dodge County through sponsorship by Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Sharecare and Blue Zones.

For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or for general information, call 920-342-2479, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.

For information about Dodgeland Elementary School, call 920-386-4404.

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