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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.

MCPS is partnering with the MCHD through FANS by providing obesity prevention for the children of Marion County. FANS will provide supports and interventions for elementary PE programs to further increase student engagement and movement by educating students regarding the significance of being physically active and eating healthier. We implement FANS with fidelity by enhancing nutrition components, creating vigorous physical activity lessons, and campaigning for healthier snacking.

Vanguard FANSWorking in collaboration with key personnel at Marion County Public Schools a three year plan was developed to build crop-producing state of the art greenhouses and gardens at all seven high schools, learning landscapes at the middle schools and raised beds at the elementary level. At each level children will be exposed to healthier lifestyle choices through hands on learning, taste tests, and social media campaigns.

MCHD will also assist with the development of FANS Clubs, comprised of students from each participating middle and high school with a mission to promote innovative health activities and to help disseminate information about student crops and healthy menu options. FANS clubs will also engage and educate residents about the initiative at local community events.

Participating Schools

High Schools

Vanguard High School

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

Chris Carlisle- Principal

Belleview High School

Andy Edwards- Horticulture /Farm 2 School Coordinator

Heather Guest- Principal

Middle Schools

Ft. King Middle

Nicole Casuso- AgriScience teacher

Gary Smallridge -Principal

Belleview Middle

Molly Rowe- Agriscience teacher

Dr. Dion Gary- Principal

Osceola Middle

Chris Roy- Agricience teacher

Matt Koff- Principal

Elementary Schools

East Marion

Suzette Parker -Principal

Fort McCoy

Renee Jones- Principal

Evergreen

Wayne Livingston- Principal

Belleview Santos

Ashley Kemp -Principal

Belleview

Dr. Stacy Varner- Principal

South Ocala

Stephanie Callaway- Principal

Sparr

Gay Street -Principal

Saddlewood

Heather Lipira- Principal

Stanton-Weirsdale

Cynthia Brodie- Principal

Meet The Team

Heather Wyman

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.

Cheri Potter

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.

Contact Us

Additional Information

FAQ

How does my school get involved?

An administrator should contact Heather Wyman (MCHD) 352-622-3662 or Suzanne McGuire (MCPS) 352-671-6847 to set up a meeting to discuss the FANS project.

 

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 heather@mchdt.org

Stake Holders

Marion County Public Schools:

Dr. Heidi Maier Superintendent

Dr. Craig Ham Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Grantham Deputy Superintendent

 

Feed the Need Gardens

Rachelle Roper

Statewide Best Practices

Sarasota County 
 
Alachua County 
 
Edible Peace Patch- ST Petersburg
 
National Farm to School Network
 
USDA farm to School
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