Wellness at PPS
Portland Public Schools is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, wellness and ability to learn by supporting behaviors that include healthy eating and physical activity. “Wellness” is an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing choices to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which includes but is not limited to nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education. Source: Wellness Directive
Note: All occurrences of the term "Wellness Directive" on this webpage are referring to the PPS Administrative Directive: Student Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity 3.60.062-AD (see links below)
3.60.060 Student Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity
National School District Wellness Coalition
PPS is a member of the Urban School Wellness Coalition. Since 2013, the Urban School Wellness Coalition brings together urban district health and wellness leaders to facilitate discussion around mutually important issues, provide opportunities to share information, network with peers, coordinate joint efforts, and inform urban educational leaders on the importance of student health as a driver of academic success. In addition, the Urban School Wellness Coalition supports the work of the Every Kid Healthy Coalition to discuss a coordinated approach and strategy to provide expertise and best practices on what does – and doesn’t work—in urban school wellness. The 28 districts, representing over 7500 schools and over 4.6 million students, are amongst the 150 largest U.S. districts, have diverse urban cultures, battle significant political barriers, and represent a geographically diverse cross-section of the country.