About Healthy Asbury

The Healthy Asbury Committee welcomes you to Asbury and would like to introduce you to some of our health and wellness activities.  With almost 350 students and a diverse student body, Asbury values its role within the community as not only a provider of traditional education, but also as an example of an environmentally responsible school.  We welcome and promote community involvement and hope that our green choices influence our families.  At Asbury, we strive to do our BEST – Be kind and caring, Excel in learning, Show respect and Take responsibility.  These goals apply to our students, staff, community and environment.  Asbury is committed to providing a well-rounded education including the importance of a healthy lifestyle, caring about our community and the earth, and making smart choices for both themselves and the environment.  This commitment is demonstrated through the following activities:

    • The Healthy Asbury Committee (a PTSO subcommittee) meets monthly to advance the health and wellness of Asbury Elementary School students through parents collaborating with the school administration and staff to promote a healthy school environment.
    • Asbury received a Colorado Department of Education Team Nutrition grant for the 2011-2012 school year.  Grant activities included physical activity opportunities open to students, parents and staff such as yoga and a running club, and cooking courses focused on eating healthy on a budget.
    • Asbury 2nd graders and students with autism plant and maintain a garden that was expanded with our new Learning Landscape playground (completed in the summer of 2011).  The kids love harvesting worms for the garden as part of a second grade science project.  Members of the Garden Club help maintain the garden also.
    • Asbury is a member of Slow Foods in Schools.
    • In collaboration with DenverUrbanGardens and Slow Foods, several farmers’ markets are held in the fall where students sell the school garden vegetables to Asbury families and the community.
    • Asbury offers a salad bar at lunch, and students who bring their lunch can also purchase the salad bar “a la carte.”
    • A successful composting program in the lunchroom began in February, 2011.
    • Families can participate in an organic produce delivery co-op which donates a percentage of the proceeds back to the school.
    • Asbury food service staff participated in the DPS three-week Scratch Cooking Training Program in April, 2011, which emphasizes the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and stresses a reduction in the use of processed foods.
    • An anti-idling campaign to promote clean air at school was implemented during the 2012-2013 school year to encourage drivers to turn their engines off when dropping off and picking up students at Asbury.
    • Asbury participates in school wide recycling with Denver Waste Management and encourages recycling at home.