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Family Fitness Night

By
Terri Pitts,   Colonial Hills Elementary School
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Family Fitness Night

Students are taught about both health and fitness throughout their time in school. Some students choose to share the information they learn with their families and some do not. Family Fitness Nights are a great way to get out the message about the importance of nutrition and fitness in a fun way! Colonial Hills Elementary had many families show up for Family Fitness Night. The campus had activities set up in the gym, including rock climbing wall, scooter board riding, hula hoops, twirl and jump, rope climbing, cargo net climbing, obstacle course, medical assessments, balance beam, gymnastic mats, speed stacking, hurdles, and a fitness station involving dice. On the blacktop the school offered basketball and sand volleyball. On the field and playground area, students enjoyed football, soccer, tetherball, Frisbees, scoop and toss, horse shoes, and jump roping. There was enough energy on display to light up half of San Antonio. The flushed faces and huffing and puffing testified to families going all out on both the fun and the fitness. Happy — that was clearly the mood as kids and adults tackled the activities. There was a lot of laughter, encouragement, and cheering.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We have already received approval from our administration to have a Family Fitness Night every three months.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The community is getting to know each other. It is a fun event and it gives time for families to visit.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We had over 250 people show up to the event. We advertised via posters, morning announcements, and flyers that were sent home. We set up activities that we knew all ages would enjoy.