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Superintendent Dr. Robert Green
Greencastle Community School Corporation
Health Educator Ann Weatherford, RN
Ann is the Health Educator at the Greencastle community School Corporation. She has been working with the Coordinated School Health Program. In her role, she addresses childhood obesity, but focuses on overall wellness, healthy eating, and physical activity habits. Last year, she measured 1,594 students or 92% of the corporation’s students. She then calculated their BMI’s and percentiles. In the lower grade levels, Ann measured them through their PE and health classes. For a class size of 20-25 students, it took her about 30 minutes depending on if the younger students had difficultly removing shoes and putting shoes back on. For high school students, English classes were required, so she set up a private area in a hallway for measurements. In the high school, she was able to do a grade level a day. In the district, about a dozen parents refused measurement and 5 students personally refused.
Interviewed and reported by Joanna Cornwell, the Governor’s Fellow, October 19, 2005