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Healthy Eating has Benefits for Students of ALL Ages!!!

Students who have healthy eating habits:

  • Stabilize their energy.
  • Improve their minds.
  • Help them maintain a healthy weight.
  • Help prevent mental health conditions. These include depression, anxiety, and ADHD.


  • surveyed both parents and students to find out their healthy favorites that are "apeeling" to kids.
  • has replaced high-calorie snacks with healthy ala carte selections including gluten-free choices.
  • is making menu selections in consultation with the CISD Health Advisory Committee and U.S.D.A.
  • is teaming up with physical education teachers to stress the importance of regular exercise and good nutrition.

The Child Nutrition Department works closely with Carroll ISD Student Healthy Advisory Committee in providing guidance in the development of health and physical education programs which encourage responsible, healthy standards of life.

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February Character Trait - SERVICE

Service projects empower kids with responsibility, engage their compassion, and offer them the chance to affect the lives of others. Service projects to serve the elderly, service projects working with younger children, service projects that help the environment… locally and globally, kids can make a difference!


Sunday, February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness All Month Long

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Is Recess Important for Kids or a Waste of Time? Here's What the Research Says

Elementary Schools in CISD have added extra recesses and brain breaks to the regular school day this year as a result of current research. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children participate in 60 minutes of “moderate to vigorous activity per day,” and suggested that recess be part of that. “Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development,” the AAP wrote in a 2013 policy statement. “In essence, recess should be considered a child’s personal time, and it should not be withheld for academic or punitive reasons.”

Experts argue that physical education and recess should both be part of a child’s schedule. In 2001, the Council on Physical Education for Children and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommended that physical education classes not become a replacement for the unstructured playtime of recess.

“Quality physical education along with daily recess are necessary components of the school curriculum that enable students to develop physical competence, health-related fitness, self responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity so that they can be physically active for a lifetime,” the groups wrote in a position paper about elementary school recess in 2001.

A 2009 study found that 8- and 9-year-old children who had at least one daily recess period of more than 15 minutes had better classroom behavior. The study also found that black students and students from low-income families were more likely to be given no recess or minimal recess. That report reinforced the results of a 1998 study, which found that when 43 fourth-grade students were given recess, they worked more or fidgeted less than when they were not given recess.

When recess is eliminated or reduced, it is often because a school is allocating more time to subjects covered on standardized tests, aiming to improve student achievement. But a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found positive associations between recess and academic performance. “There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores,” the report said.

Another study, from 2016, found that young boys who spent more time sitting and less time playing didn’t progress as quickly in reading and math.

Studies also show that recess can improve student nutrition when held before lunchtime. A 2014 study published in Preventive Medicine found that holding recess before lunch increased students’ fruit and vegetable consumption by 54%.

Article attributed to Katie Reilly at

Resources for Health and Nutrition

Excerpted from Time Magazine article

American Academy of Pediatrics

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