During the 2019-2020 school year Live Oak Learning Center (LOLC) took steps to become a Recognized Healthy South Texas School in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Aransas County and Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Healthy South Texas is a novel effort to reduce the highest impact diseases and their consequences. LOLC took extra steps throughout the year to offer nutrition and physical activity programs outside its regular curricula to both students and families.
One such program was Walk Across Texas! Youth, in which LOLC students and families clocked more than 31,000 miles in eight weeks. That means the students/families cumulatively walked across Texas more than 37 times.
The program is strongly supported by LOLC’s coach Andi Brewington and the PTO.
ACE after school program students also participated in the Choose Health: Food, Fun and Fitness or CHFFF curriculum. Youth learned about healthy lifestyles and had tons of fun cooking healthy snacks.
LOLC ACE Director Shawn Kendrick supported this effort.
LOLC administrators Denise Poland, Linda Cox and John Speck strongly encouraged the partnerships.
LOLC’s efforts were recognized by the Aransas County Independent School District board of trustees at their meeting Sept. 24, as well as at the Sept. 28 Aransas County commissioner’s meeting.
(Note: Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.)