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Mayville school recognized as Blue Zones approved

From left are Leslie Covell Hershberger, Blue Zones Project community program manager; Amanda Beck, Mayville Parkview Primary Learning Center first-grade teacher; Jessica Stortz, art teacher; Nikki Williams, food service director; Becky LeBouton, principal; and Mike LeBouton, Blue Zones Project school committee co-chairman.

MAYVILLE — Students, staff, parents, and the public gathered Friday to celebrate Parkview Primary Learning Center being recognized as a Blue Zones Project approved school in Dodge County.

Parkview Primary formed a Blue Zones action team to incorporate movement and nutrition education lessons into regular curriculum for students. Students actively move while learning and spend an average of 40 minutes a day at recess. Teachers have also added mindfulness and downshifting instruction through Mind Up and Core Practice.

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is being used in the school. The program provides schools with the knowledge, motivation, and resources, such as self-directed scorecards, to build a lunchroom environment that makes healthy food choices easier. The cafeteria has added more fresh produce and increased healthy options for students and staff.

The school has committed to using non-food fundraisers including Original Works, an art-based fundraiser. The school will host its first fun run on Friday, with a field including students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

On May 11 and 18, students from Parkview will participate in a Walking School Bus. After school, students will be led by staff and Mayville High School students from the “Be the Change” group on a walk from Parkview Primary Learning Center to Mayville Middle School ,where they will get on the regular buses or be picked up by parents.

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.

For more information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-342-2479 or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.