“1000 Healthy Schools” is all about shaping environments so that healthy choices are easy for kids and adults to make. It is the story of one woman’s experience in making big changes in her community by starting with small steps – one school, home, and worksite at a time.
In 2004, as a frustrated parent of a sugar-toting first-grader, Rainey Wikstrom led a campaign to replace candy with carrots at University Park Elementary (a Denver Public School). Since those early days of trial and error school-wellness-advocacy, University Park has become a leading model for school wellness and has earned numerous awards, including the coveted Silver Award from the Alliance For a Healthy Generation (a national healthy schools recognition program). Wikstrom is recognized as a ‘Hero for Healthy Schools’ by the Healthy Schools Campaign and is the owner of The Healthy People Project, a consulting firm dedicated to creating healthy schools everywhere. When Rainey is not serving as a champion for healthy schools, she is at home, making sure that her husband and children eat their fruits and vegetables.
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