Local organization promotes a healthy way of life for students


A local organization is helping fund school wellness programs throughout Kern County – and several lucky schools reaped from the rewards.

On Friday, Kern Health Systems presented a $35,000 check to Fremont Elementary School.

The money will go to a program for overall wellness among the students.

The organization announced early October that they were awarded a grant of $194,500 to six public schools in Kern County:

• A.M. Thomas Middle School (Lost Hills)

• Buttonwillow school

• East Bakersfield High School

• Fremont Elementary School (Delano)

• Lamont Elementary School

• Woodrow Wallace Middle School (Lake Isabella)

The goal of this grant is to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and overall wellness among the student population.

“A way of being able to get them to understand the importance of nutrition and exercise we adopted this school-based program arrangement where we work with elementary schools,” said Doug Hayward, CEO of Kern Health Systems.

Activities established include: school gardens, classroom meditation, color runs, healthy cooking lessons, lunch-time walking clubs, family nights, group sports and much more.

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