Rinker selected as an Action for Healthy Kids School Hero

Deer Lakes School District parent and wellness committee member, Becky Rinker has been selected as one of 12 national Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Heroes in 2017 for her dedication to creating a healthy school environment.

Rinker has long been passionate about healthy living. The West Deer resident currently works for The Juice Plus Company as a senior sales coordinator and product specialist for the company’s Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system that can grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers indoors or out, using only nutrients and water. 

After attending a wellness workshop a few years ago, Rinker says it suddenly became clear that she could use her education, work and personal experience to effect change in an entirely different sphere.

“My eyes were opened to the many ways we can and need to contribute to wellness for our kids at school,” she says. “It really changed the course of my thinking and inspired me to become more involved in my district’s wellness committee and programs.” 

As a member of the Deer Lakes School District (DLSD) wellness committee, Rinker led the effort to obtain 11 Tower Gardens for the district with the help of grants, giving students the opportunity to learn firsthand where food comes from by growing their own vegetables year-round.

“The gardens really bring learning to life,” she said, pointing to the many nutrition and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) lessons teachers have been able integrate into their curriculum thanks to the program. “To see the students light up when they are working with them, enjoying the ‘veggies’ of their labor through salads or smoothies, and being empowered with their knowledge and skills is just so rewarding.” 

Rinker has also coordinated health and wellness grants for fitness equipment, playground stencils and a fruit tree orchard, managed the logistics for the district’s health-focused Laps for Learning event, assisted with healthy snack tastings, collaborated on designing an official wellness logo, worked to engage the community on DLSD wellness initiatives through social media, and helped raise more than $4,500 for district wellness initiatives in 2017 alone. 

 Rinker says she’s encouraged by how enthusiastically schools across the district have embraced a culture of wellness and hopes students are learning lessons they will carry with them throughout their lives.

“I am blessed to be able to share my mission of inspiring healthy living not only through my work, but also through my volunteer opportunities,” she says. “To help others live better, healthier lives is a reward that is priceless.”