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Record number of Hawaii public schools to be awarded for wellness

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaii State Department of Health announced today that a record number of Hawaii public school will be receiving "excellence in Wellness" awards this spring.

According to the annual Safety and Wellness Survey, a total of 84 Hawaii public elementary, middle and high schools met over 90 percent of the Department of Education's Wellness Guidelines during the 2014-2015 school year. 

That's compared to the 2014-2015 school year when only 45 schools met the Wellness Guidelines.

The guidelines are a set of standards for foods and beverages provided to students that include goals for school-based wellness committees, health and physical education, and other practices that support student health.

"The increase in support for wellness in our schools is notable and we hope that this momentum will continue" said Director of Health Virginia Pressler, M.D. "This data demonstrates the successful partnership we have with the DOE to strengthen implementation and monitor the Wellness Guidelines as we move forward."

The annual Safety and Wellness Survey of the 2014-2015 showed that 100 percent of school meals continue to meet or exceed federal nutrient standards. 

The survey also showed that students have at least 20 minutes a day to be physically active during recess at 84 percent of schools.

"Healthy habits not only result in a student's physical wellness but also contribute to a successful pathway in college and career readiness," said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "Implementing wellness practices is an important element to ensuring that students are prepared for life after high school. Congratulations to all the schools that have made this a priority."

To view the full Safety and Wellness Survey report for 2014-2015, click here.

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