Partner Spotlight: Frederick County Public Schools

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Public education is the heart of our community. Our partner, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), does much more than educate local students in core subjects; it empowers them and promotes a culture of wellness and civility. Together, FCPS and LiveWell Frederick strive to make our local youth prepared for health and happiness into adulthood.

“At Frederick County Public Schools, our promise is to empower young people no matter who they are, no matter their backgrounds or circumstances,” says FCPS Community Engagement Coordinator Tiana Haile.

Frederick County is a diverse, growing community that bridges rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles, and FCPS fully embraces this uniqueness through its mission of:

  • Reaching students with exceptional teaching and caring support,
  • Challenging them to achieve their potential, and
  • Preparing them for success in a global society.

FCPS partners with LiveWell Frederick to join others in promoting better health for local students, staff, and the community as a whole.

How Does FCPS LiveWell?

In addition to serving school meals that offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, FCPS’s principals are encouraged to include aspects of the 5-2-1-0 program as part of their school’s health and wellness goals. Popular activities offered throughout Frederick County schools include walking clubs and fun runs, which help to reinforce the “one hour or more of physical activity” part of 5-2-1-0.

Students often receive health and wellness reminders during morning announcements, and Frederick High School students waiting in the cafeteria line can view TV screens that flash messages about the 5-2-1-0 program.

In terms of its staff, FCPS believes in a work-life balance and provides its employees with a variety of health and wellbeing options. As part of their health benefits, FCPS staff can participate in the Real Appeal Wellness program to help them maintain a healthy weight. FCPS also holds strong partnerships with community mental health providers who serve both students and staff in Frederick County.

“Wellness matters because it helps create a sense of community and a healthier work culture,” says Haile. “Healthier employees lead to better attendance and increased productivity, lower healthcare costs, and ultimately, a healthier person.”

Wellness Tips from FCPS

No matter where you live in Frederick County, there are plenty of options for you and your family to get exercise in the community.

“We have walking, biking, and hiking trails, parks, and community events that provide many opportunities to say active,” says Haile.

The county also has endless options to find healthy meals, but FCPS ultimately recommends one place for students to get the nutrition they need: any FCPS cafeteria.

“This school year, we will have 26 school kitchens operating to serve healthy breakfast and lunch to students in Frederick County,” Haile says.

Overall, what is FCPS’s advice for living healthily this fall?

“Take responsibility for your health and choose to practice self-care,” says Haile.

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