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Breakfast on the Run & Exercise Inside for the Community

By
Jennifer Walters,   Winona Middle School
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Success with Funds
Breakfast on the Run & Exercise Inside for the Community

We used the Fuel Up to Play 60 Funds to purchase a media cart for the PE department as well as the community education program. Since we live in the North, many times the students have to stay indoors for recess and PE classes. A large community education program is centered at Winona Middle School. The media cart is used to promote dance and exercise. We also purchased a Breakfast Cart. The cart is set up after 1st hour and the students are able to grab a breakfast on the run. Many of our students ride a bus and do not get to school until close to the bell. The data showed that we were only serving less than 10% of our students breakfast. We also have a late lunch period and the PE teachers said that students were unable to participate in class due to complaints of weakness and stomach aches. Now that we have a breakfast cart, the students are able to eat before class and are able to participate. Other teachers have also complimented the Nutrition Staff for implementing the new cart as the students are more engaged and less distracted in class.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our Winona Middle School principal was key to assisting with the success of this program. He is pictured in the photo that was submitted and worked out a schedule that would allow students to get a breakfast and not be tardy to class. He made sure that the teachers were aware of the new cart and fielded questions from staff. Students were encouraged to come and try out the cart and look at what was offered the day before the program started.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

We did have some complaints from teachers at first because the students were running late to class. We also had some issues with our software working in a new location. The principal adjusted schedules by having the PE students check in with their teacher, then they came out to the breakfast cart. This allowed the other students to go first and not be late to class. The computer software was not communicating with the WiFi, so the technical support team figured out a way to make it work.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen our breakfast participation grow. A Play that we implemented earlier in the year, was a purchase of a smoothie machine. The location of breakfast at that time was moved to our a la cart window to take the stigma of only student receiving free/reduced meals had breakfast. All of the students could get breakfast at the window and select a smoothie, which they really like. The cart took care of the problem of the lack of time before school to eat. Our participation is increasing.