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Student Health and Wellness

MAPS Wellness Goals
We believe an environment that fosters a healthy lifestyle creates better learners and happier staff.

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It is the mission of Mankato Area Public Schools Student Health Promotions and Wellness to promote the health and wellness of students through education and initiatives that:

  • Increase awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being
  • Inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health
  • Provide diverse wellness programs to meet a wide range of personal health needs,
  • Decrease absenteeism due to illness and stress, and develop a positive school culture that is focused on celebrating and improving the quality of life for all individuals.

Why Student Wellness Matters Now

  • Childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1970's. 
  • One in five school-aged children are obese. 
  • Overweight and obese children are absent from school four times more often than their normal weight peers. 
  • Overweight and obese children are at a higher risk for having chronic health conditions and diseases. 
  • Obese children are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depresssion and lower self-esteem. 
  • Pre-diabetes and diabetes in teens increased from 9% in 1999 to 23% in 2008. 

Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge: Recognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity

This is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments  through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Mankato Area Public Schools is proud to say that all 10 of our elementary schools have received a HUSSC award.

  • Bridges Community School (Bronze)
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  • Eagle Lake Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Franklin Elementary School (Silver)
  • Hoover Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Jefferson Elementary School (Silver)
  • Kennedy Elementary School (Silver)
  • Monroe Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Roosevelt Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Washington Elementary School (Bronze)

Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach

To better promote student health and wellness, Mankato Area School District is implementing a Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach. This framework, proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assists in the planning and coordinating of school health activities. 

CSH is defined as “planned, organized set of health-related programs, policies, and services coordinated at both the district and individual school levels to meet the health and safety needs of K-12 students.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2, the eight key components of CSH are:

  1. Coordinated school health logo
    Health Education
  2. Physical Education
  3. Health Services
  4. Nutrition Services
  5. Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
  6. Healthy and Safe School Environment
  7. Health Promotion for Staff
  8. Family/Community Involvement
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District Health and Wellness
Food Services Department
Darcy Stueber, Director
PO Box 8741
Mankato, Minnesota 56002-8741
507-388-7442 (office)
507-388-5773 (fax)

Nutrition and Wellness Specialist
Laura Schmidt, RD, LD

Administrative Support
Jennifer Gibson