The primary mission of the Marion County Hospital District (MCHD) is to improve the health of Marion County’s citizens.
As such, we developed Fitness and Nutrition in Schools (FANS)… an innovative chronic disease prevention program that incorporates increased physical fitness opportunities, improved nutrition and healthy lifestyle education for children in our school system. The goal is to reduce childhood obesity and to provide a healthy roadmap for children, parents and employees in the Marion County Public Schools.
Working in collaboration with key personnel at Marion County Public Schools,
we developed an initial plan to build crop-producing greenhouses and gardens at the seven high schools in Marion County (beginning with a state-of-the-art greenhouse at Vanguard High School). In subsequent years, MCHD plans to help the school system develop similar systems at the feeder schools.
Tracking point-of-sale data at school cafeterias, we can monitor how many children choose healthier food options (as well as the reduction in purchases of less healthy food options). MCHD will also assist with the development of FANS Clubs, comprised of students from each participating school with a mission to promote innovative health activities and to help disseminate information about student crops and healthy menu options. High school FANS clubs will also promote the program to middle and elementary schools in order to further teach the healthy lifestyle.
Our Latest Events
Vanguard High School
James Travieso – FANS Club Sponsor
Jeremy Rhoden- Horticulture /Farm 2 School Coordinator
Tonya Travieso- ESE/Farm 2 School
Mike Bullock- ESE/Farm 2 School
Troy Sanford- Principal
Belleview High School
Andy Edwards- Horticulture /Farm 2 School Coordinator
Mike Kelly- Principal
Ft. King Middle
Nicole Casuso- AgriScience teacher
Gary Smallridge -Principal
Molly Rowe- Agriscience teacher
Dion Gary- Principal
Chris Roy- Agricience teacher
Melissa Kinard- Principal
Suzette Parker -Principal
Michael Hearn- Principal
Wayne Livingston- Principal
Brian Greene -Principal
Dr. Stacy Varner- Principal
Stephanie Callaway- Principal
Gay Street -Principal
Heather Lipira- Principal
Cynthia Brodie- Principal
Meet The Team
MCHD Project Director FANS
Heather holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology, with an emphasis on Biomechanics from Georgia State University in 1998. She also holds a certificate in cervical and spinal rehabilitation from the University of Florida’s Med Ex program and is a certified Nutrition Specialist with the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists. She has been working in the wellness and prevention field, specifically childhood obesity prevention for over 10 years.
FANS Coordinator with MCPS
Cheri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education/Sport Management with a minor in Business from Florida State University. Her Master’s degree is in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Cheri has been an educator for MCPS since 2008 and has worked in various capacities as a teacher, dean, athletic director, and fitness instructor. Her previous work experiences were with the Orlando Magic, Florida State Athletics, and Florida Sports Foundation.
How does my school get involved?
How do I join a FANS club?
Currently Vanguard High School is the only school to host a FANS club. By Jan 2018 we hope to have one in every high school. If you are interested in starting a FANS club please contact Heather Wyman @ 352-622-3662 or email@example.com
Marion County Public Schools:
Dr. Heidi Maier Superintendent
Dr. Craig Ham Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Grantham Deputy Superintendent
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Statewide Best Practices
Sarasota CountyAlachua CountyEdible Peace Patch- ST PetersburgNational Farm to School NetworkUSDA farm to School