At Eastern, students well-being is an important component of student success. We have a variety of resources to promote students’ health and wellness.
Physical Education Classes and Athletic Programs
Each student is required to take at least one (1.5) credits of health and physical education during their high school years. We also have a robust array of competitive and club sports that students can and should choose to participate in.
Legacy Greenhouse and Garden
The Greenhouse and Garden Club maintains Eastern’s Legacy greenhouse and garden space, re-founded in 2012 after a long hiatus during the renovation. Everything grown in the greenhouse and garden is 100% local, organic, pesticide-free, and teen-powered! Students plant, grow, and harvest organic fruits and vegetables that they have grown from seed in the greenhouse to share with or sell to the school and community. Students learn to be knowledgeable gardeners, environmental stewards, entrepreneurs, and champions for fresh, local, organic foods. In addition, there are multiple classes that implement lessons in the greenhouse and garden as an integral part of their curricula.
Peer Health Exchange
We recognize that 1.5 credits of health and physical education are not enough to give students all of the vital information they need to make healthy decisions so we have partnered with Peer Health Exchange, a program where trained, college student volunteers teach our students a comprehensive health curriculum consisting of thirteen standardized health workshops on topics ranging from decision-making and sexual health to substance abuse and nutrition. They deliver health information to teenagers in a language and context that is relevant to their everyday experiences, yet they can also serve as role models, demonstrating healthy behaviors and the successful transition from high school to college.The workshops are taught during Advisory on Thursdays or Fridays.
Unity Health Care
Eastern has a full-services School-Based Health Center, operated by Unity Health Care, Inc. The center is open year-round and provides routine medical care, such as immunizations and sports physicals, as well as acute illness management. The center is staffed by a nurse practitioner, pediatrician, case manager, medical assistant, receptionist, and a health center manager. There is no charge to students and families for services provided in the health center, but we will bill your insurance if you have insurance.
Healthy Salad Bar/ Lunch Meals
Nutritious meals are the foundation of any healthy eating plan and the school breakfast and lunch meals remain the cornerstone of all school based nutrition programs. Chartwells is our food service provider and their menus support the D.C. Healthy Schools Act and include plenty of whole grains, vegetables and fruits while being low in fat, sodium and sugar. All of their recipes, menus, and nutrition programs are designed by a network of Registered Dieticians and professional Chefs. We also have a 10-foot, full-service salad bar as an option for students during lunch.
DC Healthy Schools Act
In May 2010, the D.C. Council passed the Healthy Schools Act, a landmark law designed to improve the health and wellness of students attending D.C. public and public charter schools. The Act took effect August 2010. Our school lunch menus are designed to meet the nutrition guidelines set forth by the D.C. Healthy Schools Act and we received a $10,000 grant to activate our greenhouse and garden through funds designated for school garden promotion.
DCPS Local Wellness Policy
DCPS developed a new Local Wellness Policy in 2011 in collaboration with local and national experts in nutrition and physical activity, school staff and parents. The Policy outlines the ways in which DCPS plans to implement nutrition and physical activity programming towards the following goals: promoting health education and healthy behaviors; offering healthy food to students, and increasing physical activity of students before, during and after the school day.