Superintendent Johnson Energizes the BPS District Wellness Council

Superintendent Carol Johnson appointed 28 members of the school community to a newly invigorated District Wellness Council this fall. The Council met for the first time last month on September 26. The new Council co-chairs are Mr. Sam Depina, Assistant Chief Operating Officer for the Boston Public Schools, and Dr. Huy Nguyen, Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

Due to the many health crises and health inequities faced by our students, and in response to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and Massachusetts Standards for School Wellness Advisory Committees, the Boston Public Schools has a Superintendent-Appointed Wellness Council. This advisory group recommends, reviews and advises on implementation of school district policies that address student wellness.

One of the first tasks of the council will be to revise the District Wellness Policy. The group agreed to take a comprehensive approach to reviewing and incorporating changes in policy, curriculum, and operating procedures to promote healthy lifestyles and sustainable wellness practices for all students and staff. The council will be forming work groups on various topic areas to be addressed in the policy. Individuals interested in joining a work group can contact Caitlin Westfall Howe at

All Wellness Council meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 3:00-5:00.

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