Principal Martha Eadie Wins Healthy School Hero Awardby Ginny Wallace
When Martha Eadie became principal of Our Lady of Black Rock School (OLBR) in Buffalo three years ago, she realized that in order to successfully meet the many challenges that faced the struggling school, she would also need to address the nutritional and physical needs of its community. Since then, she has been leading her school community to adopt healthier eating habits and increase physical activity before, during and after school.
In the spring of 2012, Mrs. Eadie encouraged staff, students, parents and community members to create a wellness committee. She then challenged the group to develop a wellness policy to help shape the school's overall health and nutritional practices. Since then, the wellness team has spearheaded a new breakfast program, introduced new foods to the school lunch program by holding taste tests for students, started an after school walking club, increased the length of recess time for students during the school day and hosted family fitness nights, which included a variety of health, nutrition and fitness presentations from a number of local agencies. OLBR partnered with Action for Healthy Kids® which provided grants, equipment and programming assistance to the school.
Created in 2002 in response to the U.S. Surgeon General's public call to action, Action for Healthy Kids® helps fight childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live
healthier lives. Its mission is to engage diverse organizations, leaders and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth and schools.
"Schools can make positive changes for their kids and their parents," Eadie said. "If we can provide opportunities for our children and families to adopt best practices for healthier lifestyles and better nutrition, it will ultimately create a
healthier community. In looking at the big picture, it will develop our students into lifelong learners of a healthier lifestyle that will benefit them into their adulthood."
We congratulate Principal Martha Eadie for winning the Healthy School Hero Award in the Grassroots Volunteer category and for the strides made in improving the health and wellness of the OLBR students and community.