Information provided by New Trier Township High School District 203.
New Trier Kinetic Wellness teacher Jason Dane has been named the 2012 Illinois Health Educator of the Year by the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The award is presented to professionals who have modeled and dedicated themselves to the importance of health education. Dane will be honored at an awards reception on Nov. 15 during the Association’s state convention in St. Charles.
“This award is given in recognition of Mr. Dane’s high professional standards, his promotion of physical health and well-being, his dedication to teaching, and his service to the profession,” the Association said in announcing the award.
Dane has been a leader at New Trier in pioneering and implementing nutrition lessons and programs for students and staff. He has presented seminars for seniors on nutrition and stress, and for staff on healthy breakfast options. He also serves as the freshman Kinetic Wellness health curriculum coordinator, and he has been a featured speaker on nutrition education at state and national conventions.
“Jason Dane is a leader in health education, and this award recognizes his hard work in creating a health curriculum at New Trier that is a model for other schools across the country,” said Pete Collins, Kinetic Wellness Department Coordinator at the Northfield Campus.
In addition to this most recent honor, Dane has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students for his leadership in nutrition education. In October, Dane traveled to Washington to speak to representatives from 76 schools that received grants from the Department to help support their nutrition and physical education programs. Dane spoke to the grant recipients about implementing instruction in healthy eating habits.
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