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Cedar Valley Catholic Schools get Blue Zones designation

Cedar Valley Catholic Schools get Blue Zones designation

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All five Cedar Valley Catholic Schools in the Cedar Valley have been designated as Blue Zones Schools

?The schools include Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, Sacred Heart Elementary School, Saint Edward Elementary School, Blessed Maria Assunta Pollatta Middle School, and Columbus Catholic High School.

Dale Monroe, Chief Administrator for Cedar Valley Catholic Schools says, “We are proud of this achievement for many reasons. First, we want to model and promote wellness for our students and show how they can incorporate it into their everyday lives, and both in school and at home, Secondly, we are the first Catholic school system in the entire country to have all of its schools designated a Blue Zone. We hope to serve as an example of our commitment to making better choices and living actively.”

The effort to become designated through the Blue Zone Project was the result of teachers and students working together. Some of the initiatives included: forming the CVCS Wellness Committee, offering a salad bar option during lunch and encouraging teachers and staff to offer movements breaks in their classrooms. Additionally, students presented at the Waterloo City Council and successfully petitioned the Waterloo Public Works and Street Department to have School Zone signs and crosswalks implemented to ensure student safety when walking to and from school.

Carol Luce, service learning and leadership director. “Our students displayed strong leadership skills and really took the initiative on working to obtain Blue Zones Designation . They were able to work with our teachers and local leaders to implement thoughtful and insightful ideas to help our schools promote healthy lifestyles. Even better, they’ve continued the conversations in their homes with their families, encouraging their loved ones to take their own steps towards wellness. The impact that they have had on our community is immeasurable, and I am very proud of them.” 

Cedar Valley Catholic Schools will be celebrating their achievement on Wednesday, October 26, with a Blue Out Day, students can wear the color blue in support of the Blue Zones Project. Speakers and local leaders will be visiting them during lunchtime and to present their official designation. The public can watch the award ceremony live at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School at 11 a.m. on Cedar Valley Catholic School’s Facebook page.

The Blue Zones Project is based on Blue Zones principles developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic explorer and author of several Blue Zones books.

Blue Zones adopts evidence-based ways to help people live longer, better lives by taking a systematic, environmental approach to well-being, which focuses on optimizing policy, social networks and the built environments where people spend their time. The initiative encourages the Cedar Valley to change their built environments to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

Like the Cedar Valley Blue Zones Project on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. If you have questions or want to get your school or organization involved please contact the local staff at cedarvalleybluezonesproject@gmail.com.

About Cedar Valley Catholic Schools

Cedar Valley Catholic Schools represents five schools in the Cedar Valley region: Blessed Sacrament Elementary, Sacred Heart Elementary, Saint Edward Elementary, Blessed Maria Assunta Pollatta Middle School, and Columbus Catholic High School. We are a diverse group of nearly 1,100 students from preschool through high school. Our mission is to provide an exceptional Catholic education for every student, built on a foundation of faith, discipline, knowledge and service. For more information, visit www.cvcatholic.org

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