School Health Team

Pledged to implement preventative practices that will aid in decreasing obesity rates among school age children, the School Health Team is currently in the planning stages for a program they intend to pilot in 5 Polk County Public Schools.   The program is based on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model which was developed by ASCD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to establish greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between health and education across the school setting.   This means aligning and integrating not just policies, but processes and practices that provide for long-term student success. 

Phase one of the pilot will consist of two components:  Physical Activity and Nutrition.  Some of the issues these two components will address include nutrition education 
for students and families, low cost sources for fresh fruits and vegetables, and safe on-campus facilities that promote physical activity throughout the school day and beyond.

What's Happening Now!


Polk County School Health Team accepted a proclamation in honor of Every Kid Healthy Week. The proclamation recognized the 5 schools for their participation in this pilot program focused on reducing obesity through increased physical activity and improved nutrition. This pilot program is currently in planning stages and will be implemented during the 2017-2018 school year. 






Polk Vision's School Health Team launches pilot program at Medulla Elementary. Based upon the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, the pilot program will focus on building capacity, student health and creating a culture of health and wellness.



School Health Team

Jenna Kaczmarski – Co-Chair, Polk County Public Schools 

Kathleen Wright  - Co-Chair, Polk County Public Schools 

Tammy Durden – Florida Department of Health 

Mindi Fitch – City of Lakeland 

Audrey Kelley – Polk County Public Schools  

Megan Leary  - City of Winter Haven 

Colleen Mangan – Florida Department of Health in Polk

Kalee McGee  - Polk County Public Schools 

Andrea Nikolai - University of Florida IFAS

Lauren Parkes - Lakeland Regional Health 

Lauren Shinholster – All Children's Hospital Safe Routes to School