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Power Panther Professionals
What is Power Panther Professionals?
What is Power Panther Professionals?
Power Panther Professionals and Wellness Policies
How does Power Panther Professionals fit into my school's wellness policy?
Why Power Panther Professionals?
Why do Kansas school and child care staff need need Power Panther Professionals?
Who can participate?
Who can participate?
Who can apply?
Who can apply?
Cost of Power Panther Professionals
Does it cost anything to participate in Power Panther Professionals?
How do I apply?
How do I apply?
Download current materials
Download current materials

 

What is Power Panther Professionals?

Power Panther Professionals is an 8 to 12-week customizable staff wellness program designed for school and child care personnel. Its ultimate goal is to improve employees' health and well-being while empowering them to serve as healthy role models for young people and other adults.

Power Panther Professionals utilizes USDA's SuperTracker to allow participants to make a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan. Participants can see how their food choices and physical activities stack up to their goals while getting tips and support to help make healthier choices.  Power Panther Professionals also includes an optional staff wellness challenge to encourage healthier lifestyle behaviors among participants and to reinforce weekly lessons.   

Power Panther is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) spokes-character for the EAT SMART. PLAY HARD. campaign.  This national initiative is aimed at making our nation’s children healthier.  But Power Panther’s messages are also applicable to people of ALL ages!  A healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and regular physical activity is a great goal for people, regardless of age.

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How does Power Panther Professionals fit into my school’s wellness policy?

Power Panther Professionals is designed to allow each school or child care center to determine their site’s level of involvement.  Some sites may choose to implement only some of the lessons and activities in Power Panther Professionals, while others may incorporate the all of the activities as part of their school’s wellness initiative.  Depending on their level of involvement, a school may reach the Advanced or Exemplary levels for Staff Wellness on their school’s wellness policy.  

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Why do Kansas school and child care staff need Power Panther Professionals?

The prevalence of obesity in the United States has doubled in the past two decades.  More than one-third of US adults are now obese – a scary statistic!  Many of these adults are interacting with children on a daily basis, and the lifestyle being modeled to youngsters is often an unhealthy one.   Taking steps now to eat smart and move more can not only improve the lives of adults, but can provide children with positive, healthy role models.

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Who can participate?

The Power Panther Professionals Implementation Manual, presentations, and printed materials will only be provided to Kansas schools or child care centers that participate in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Each attendance center must complete a separate application.  If an entire district wishes to participate, EACH attendance center in the district must complete a separate application, and EACH BUILDING must have a program facilitator. 

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Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include individuals with a health-related background working in a school or child care center.  This includes nurses, teachers (family and consumer science, health, physical education, science, etc.), school food service directors and/or dietitians.  If none of these options are available in your school or child care center, there may be a qualified community member who could present the program information to the faculty and staff.

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Does it cost anything to participate in Power Panther Professionals?

Sites selected for participation will receive teaching materials and resources at no charge.  Sites not selected for participation can still access the Implementation Manual and PowerPoint presentations on the download current materials section of this page.

Kansas Team Nutrition is able to provide sub-grant funding for schools and centers selected at $100 per participating school and/or child care center to be used in the implementation of program activities. Sites may have the opportunity to request additional funding while implementing the program. More information on how sub-grant funding can be spent can be found in the application materials below.

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How do I apply?

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2014-15 school year. Applications for school year 2015-16 will be made available on the website May 1, 2015 and will be due August 31, 2015.

Program materials can also be downloaded at any time on the download current materials section of this page. 

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Download 2014-15 school year materials:

Wellness Tracking Log
Wellness Tracking Log

 

MyPlate Basics Program Materials
MyPlate Basics Implementation Manual
Implementation Manual
 
PowerPoint Slides
Introduction to Wellness PowerPoint
Introduction to Wellness
Hydration PowerPoint
Hydration
Fruits and Vegetables PowerPoint
Fruits and Vegetables
Low-Fat Dairy PowerPoint
Low-Fat Dairy
Whole Grains PowerPoint
Whole Grains
Lean Protein PowerPoint
Lean Protein
Breakfast PowerPoint
Breakfast
Healthy Snacking PowerPoint
Healthy Snacking
Stress Management PowerPoint
Bonus Presentation: Stress Management
Physical Activity
Bonus Presentation: Physical Activity 

 

Wellness Everyday Program Materials
Wellness Everyday Implementation Manual
Implementation Manual
 
PowerPoint Slides
Introduction to Wellness PowerPoint
Introduction to Wellness
Managing Stress PowerPoint
Managing Stress
Warm-Up, Stretch and Cool-Down PowerPoint
Warm-Up, Stretch & Cool-Down
Making Healthy Choices While Eating Out
Making Healthy Choices While Eating Out 
Fitting Exercise Into a Busy Routine PowerPoint
Fitting Exercise Into a Busy Routine
Fad Diets and Weight Loss
Fad Diets and Weight Loss
Physical Activities for Families PowerPoint
Physical Activities for Families
Stress Management PowerPoint
Bonus Presentation: Stress Management
Physical Activity PowerPoint
Bonus Presentation: Physical Activity 

 

Incoporating Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Throughout the School Day Program Materials
Be a Healthy Role Model Implementation Manual
Implementation Manual
 
PowerPoint Slides
Introduction to Wellness
Introduction to Wellness
Setting Goals and Modeling Behavior PowerPoint
Setting Goals and Modeling Behavior
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity - General 
Science PowerPoint
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity - Science
Math
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity - Math  
Language Arts PowerPoint
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity - Language Arts
Social Studies PowerPoint
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activiy - Social Studies
Fine Arts PowerPoint
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity - Fine Arts 
Meal Times and Downtime PowerPoint
Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity - Meal Times and Downtime
Stress Management PowerPoint
Bonus Presentation: Stress Management
Physical Activity PowerPoint
Bonus Presentation: Physical Activity

 

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