LPS Wellness

A website dedicated to inspiring health and wellness in the Littleton Public School District.

Wellness is an active process of understanding choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and healthy life.




For LPS's Wellness Policy, click here.

Click here for the RUDD review on the wellness policy.


Monthly Wellness Information


Get up and take 5

we all know that sitting for 8 hours a day is not healthy. There is a new study, although small, that has some great advice.


TIPS FOR A HEALTHY LUNCH!


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Action for Happiness
Their goal is to increase wellbeing for everyone in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities. "Our vision is a happier world"

What is an added sugar?

Watch this  2016 National Geographic Documentary,
the United States is the number one consumer of sugar in the world!
Although it centers on the issues in Ireland, 
they are ranked lower on sugar consumption than the U.S.

According to the USDA MyPlate added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. The sugar you add to your food at home is also added sugar. This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those in milk and fruits.The recommended guidelines are 6 teaspoons a day

The main sources of added sugars are found in:
  • regular soft drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks
  • candy
  • cakes
  • cookies
  • pies and cobblers
  • sweet rolls, pastries, and donuts
  • fruit drinks, such as fruitaides and fruit punch
  • dairy desserts, such as ice cream
Reading the ingredient label on processed foods can help to identify added sugars. Names for added sugars on food labels include:false
  • anhydrous dextrose
  • brown sugar
  • confectioner's powdered sugar
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt syrup
  • maltose
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • nectars (e.g., peach nectar, pear nectar)
  • pancake syrup
  • raw sugar
  • sucrose
  • sugar
  • white granulated sugar
You may also see other names used for added sugars, but these are not recognized by the FDA as an ingredient name. These include cane juice, evaporated corn sweetener, crystal dextrose, glucose, liquid fructose, sugar cane juice, and fruit nectar.


Back to School Mind/Shift
Watch the video to learn all about the benefits of learning to play an instrument. 

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AVOCADOS - High in potassium and low in salt, avocados may help reduce blood pressure and the risk of stroke. Ounce for ounce, an avocado contains 30% more potassium than a banana, a dietary staple for people with high blood pressure.

The world of sweeteners has some new players
 on the field; take a look


Wellness in the Schools


Why Cafeteria Food is the Best
This is a great article discussing School Lunch versus Bag Lunches.
Read the Full Article here.

How to cultivate a growth mindset in your kids by Dr. Kristen Race

We’ve all probably heard of the growth mindset by now. Leading Stanford researcher, Carol Dweck, coined the term several years ago while studying how different kids react to challenges. What came out of the study was the finding that how we praise our kids had a significant impact on their mindset and, subsequently, their academic success.

click here for the full story.

Come to the last Slow Food Denver workshop of the year!
Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Cooking With Whole Grains
Slow Food will be will making fresh masa from corn, grind flour and make griddle cakes. They will also discuss seed saving techniques and how to start a seed library in your school. This will be the last workshop of 2016! Join them for a fun and delicious event. Sign up here!


Nutrition Education
Have a few extra minutes? Go online and play  the USDA Blast Off Game to build healthy meals and don't forget your exercise to blast off!.




Manage Mental Health During Exams

keep communication open during exams to lessen its negative effects.

Click here to read the full article 



Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball 
Might Be Good For The Brain
Click here to go to the full article


Do you want  to add  movement into the classroom? Go Noodle!
GoNoodle! A free interactive physical activity web site! 
Look for their new Indoor Recess Activities!


GoNoodle classroom activities.

Click here for more information about the benefits of activity breaks. 

Employee Wellness



The Indulge/Guilt Cycle

Let's not leave all notions of wellness and health behind us during this time of year. Overeating and all of that sugary food can set you up for feelings of guilt and self-deprecation.

Eating mindfully can keep your mind, body, and brain healthy without the self-defeating thoughts of “we are so bad” “we are so fat,” "ugh I shouldn't have eaten that, I  might ", etc. Stop the madness by slowing down and being in the moment with your relationship with food. You can absolutely enjoy the holidays and eat all sorts of yummy foods that are offered everywhere you go.

Mindfully enjoy the holiday season!  
There are five (A,B,C,D,E) basic ways to begin a mindful eating practice:

1. Ask
Why am I eating now?
What am I eating now?
What else am I doing now that may be distracting?

2. Be grateful
3. Chew, and then chew again
4. Dine (don’t just eat)
5. Engage your attention

Read more By Jennifer Wolkin  5 Mindful Tips for Navigating Holiday Stress


6 Mindful Books for Building Resilience
Here is a great list for winter break reading

Know Your Numbers  
Knowing your numbers—like your blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, hormones, sugar, and BMI (body mass index)—helps you set goals (and celebrate reaching them). Check with your doctor on any preventive screenings you need, 
then work together to put a plan in place.
For CIGNA click Here
For Kaiser click Here

Learn How to Control Your Blood Sugar

Learn about managing/preventing diabetes, 

low blood sugar and healthy eating!

Kaiser Link

CIGNA Link

Information on preventing diabetes here


Healthy Meetings

For more information click on How to Create a Healthy Meeting 

or best practices for a Walking Meeting

Also see Kaiser Permanente's Healthy Meeting Tool Kit.


LPS has a shared Cookbook on Google Drive. Click here to access and share your favorite recipes or search for some new ones!!

The Environmental Working Group is a great wellness resource, check it out here.


Wellness Committee and Workshops


Our Littleton Public Schools Wellness Committee meets once a month to discuss upcoming District Wellness events, to keep the Wellness Toolkit updated, and to advise the Board of Education on recommended policies, practices, and programs that support and improve the overall health of the school community.

To access the webpage dedicated to the Wellness Committee, click here.

Committee meetings are open to the public and can be found on our Wellness Calendar.

Look for 2015-2016 Wellness Workshops here in the future.