Live Well Omaha Kids would like to recognize Julane Hill for her dedication to healthy kids and families. She retires this month after serving 18 years as the Coordinated School Health, Health and Physical Education Director for the Nebraska Department of Education.

In her capacity as CSH Director at the NE Department of Education she was responsible for providing leadership, guidance and technical assistance to local school districts, state, district and local organizations, and community-based organizations on the importance of health and wellness for school-aged youth.  Her responsibilities include providing and conducting professional development opportunities in the areas of CSH, Health Education, Physical Education, Sexual Health, school district and state policy development, legislative bill analysis, monitoring of state and federal programs, and surveillance activities inclusive of the NE Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the NE School Health Profiles.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of State Leaders for Health and Physical Educators and as the Executive Director for the Nebraska Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE Nebraska).  Julane has also provided testimony on behalf of NDE to legislative committees, state health boards, district health department boards, and the state education board on behalf of health and wellness for school-aged children.  

Julane is the principal author of Nebraska’s Physical Education Standards, has co-authored “Cold Pizza for Breakfast” (National Association of Extension 4-H Regents) a food safety program, “Healthy Lifestyles: A Piece of the Puzzle” a 7th grade curriculum, “Thinking Outside of the Box” (NACCD), an overview of Nebraska’s CSH initiative, and was author of and a key player in the passage of the Coordinated School Health Policy by the Nebraska Board of Education in March of 2010.  

She is a recipient of the NAHPERD Exemplary Leadership Award, Outstanding Service Award and Honor Award, NE HIV Community Planning and Care Outstanding Service Award and NDE 2013 Manager of the Year Award.  

Her many experiences prior to this include over 20 years of teaching health and physical education at state and private alternative schools and public schools in Nebraska.  

Julane’s motto is “Every Child Every Day”, which translates to mean schools must focus on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of all children. Julane lives in Lincoln and enjoys spending time with family, camping, fishing, kayaking and walking her Bassett, “Gerti Girl”.

We thank you Julane for your leadership in promoting school wellness. Cheers to you!