Wellness program paying off for Charleston County Schools

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - There's a healthy payday in store for Charleston County Schools willing to get fit.

Known as The Wellness Initiative, the CCSD program calls for health and wellness to top the list of priorities for Charleston County students and staff.

Schools are given a checklist, created by a wellness team at MUSC.  For each healthy habit or program created, schools then earn points toward a $1000 grant.

The grants are funded by Boeing, an international aerospace company with headquarters in North Charleston.

"Within the school itself, it takes a community of people to make these kinds of things happen," added Dave Spurlock, the district Director of Athletics.

At Harbor View Elementary, students are being offered new lunch options, among which include whole grain products, water, even skim milk.

The James Island school also established a running club, while investing in kinesthetic desks to keep students moving throughout the day.

"Just seeing individual children come up to me, they're excited about exercise, they're excited about activity," added Harbor View Wellness Co-Chair Faith Hostetler.

Hostetler, also the school's nurse, worked previously on a hospital stroke unit.

"The things that happened to individuals, maybe lifestyle choices, or whatever has caused a stroke, made me really want to start a program," she said.

"Just seeing the results in their lives is exciting."

Harbor View is one of 80 schools involved in the CCSD Wellness Initiative.  The school with the highest point total at the end of the year will receive a $3000 grant, also funded by Boeing.

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