Epps Island Awarded Grant for Wellness Program

By: Klein ISD: Kate Hope
| Published 05/15/2014


NORTH HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS -- The Epps Island wellness program Trim Epps Island, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Oliver Foundation. The Oliver Foundation is a Houston based non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.

In February 2012, Epps Island Elementary introduced Trim Epps Island, a wellness program designed to provide more than 800 students with valuable resources, programs and incentives to help improve their overall health and well-being. Trim Epps Island has been able to raise health awareness by promoting physical fitness while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Featured dietitians, fitness experts and professionals in the health industry shared tips and information on various health topics.

Past initiatives of the Trim Epps Island program include the teaching of My Plate to the Pre-K students, and offering healthy living seminars to the Pre-K parents. During the 2012-2013 school year, this was expanded by offering classes to all grade level parents. The biggest event of the year is the Epps Island Health and Fitness Community Day featuring community vendors, one mile walk/run, and lots of fun and healthy activities for the Epps Island staff, students, and community.

In the 2013-2014 school year, new programs such as “Join for Me” which is a 16-week weight management program targeting parents and students from the 3rd and 4th grade with elevated BMIs was introduced. Trim Epps Island has also implemented the Girls on the Run program for 3rd-5th grade girls which promotes confidence and overall well-being, culminated by the participants running a 5K. The program funded 15 staff members in their very own 5K obstacle course called Warrior Dash. These efforts of the Warrior Dash staff and the Girls on the Run students were showcased during the 3rd annual Health and Fitness Community Day.