Healthy Families - Healthy Kids

  • An Invitation and Challenge to our APW Community to help families adopt a healthy and physically active lifestyle!

    The Challenge!
    The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children's health, well-being, and the ability to learn by fostering healthy eating and physical activity.  To ensure all of its students obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food selections and enjoy life-long physical activity, we have established certain goals relating to nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school-based activities, but we want to reach out to our families and provide opportunities and resources to help create a healthier APW community!

    The Invitation!
    The Committee’s top priority is to promote school and community awareness....But, We Need You!  We know that parents and caregivers have the greatest influence on encouraging healthy eating and physical activities.  In the coming months, this web page will be devoted to providing tips, topics and links to various resources all established with the goal in mind of Healthy Families - Healthy Kids!     

    Parents/students/staff and interested community members are encouraged to participate in the District Wide Wellness Committee starting with the 2016/2017 school year; for more information, please contact the District Office at 625-5251 or by emailing  District Wellness Coordinator.


  • Although we all know that eating right is important to staying healthy, it is often difficult to know the right balance between the calories in what you eat and drink and the calories you burn! To help get started - just click on the links below!

    Use The Nutrition Facts Label!
    How Much Sugar and Calories Are in Your Favorite Drink?
    Cooking with Healthier Fats and Oils
    Calories Needed for Each Day
    Choosing Foods for Your Family
    Food Shopping Tips
    Fun Family Recipes
    KidsHealth Recipes
    Healthy Cooking and Snacking
    Eating Healthy When Eating Out

    10 Tips for Making a Great Plate!  
    1.  Balance calories! Visit to find out how to reach or maintain a healthy weight by balancing your calorie intake with your calories burned through activity.
    2.  Enjoy your food, but eat less.  Savor each meal and learn to know when you're satisfied, so you don't overeat.
    3.  Avoid oversized portions.  Use a smaller plate, bowl, and glass.
    4.  Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk, and other dairy products.  These foods have many nutrients needed for health - including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and fiber.
    5.  Make half your plate fruits and veggies.  Be sure to include red, orange, and dark-green veggies.  Have fruit in main or side dishes or for dessert.
    6. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk, which has as much calcium as whole milk, but fewer calories and less saturated fat.
    7. Make half your grains whole grains.  Substitute them for refined-grain products; eat whole-wheat bread instead of white bread and brown rice rather than white rice.
    8. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol.  Keep your trans fats intake as low as possible.
    9. Reduce your sodiuim intake.  Check Nutrition Facts labels (see link at left) and buy foods lowest in sodium.
    10. Drink water instead of sugary drinks such as soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks.
    Physical Activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.  In combination with healthy eating, it can prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stoke - the three leading causes of death.  Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight!

    So take action and Let's Move!!