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February Fitness Fest in La Farge!

By
Stephanie Fencl,   La Farge School
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
February Fitness Fest in La Farge!

We recently were able to complete our physical activity Play as well as our healthy eating Play and Kickoff through a Middle School February Fitness Fest. Students wanted to tie all activities into the February Heart Health month theme. We worked together to prepare and serve each student in our middle school a free smoothie. The fun part of preparing the smoothies came with the inclusion of using a "smoothie bike" (a blender attached to a bike) so students had to pedal and use exercise and physical activity to blend the smoothie ingredients. Following the smoothie activities, we invited our entire middle school to the gym to participate in team-based physical activities. This allowed students from 6th-8th grade to be intermixed to work together, but have fun being physically active by participating in a huge volleyball tournament and dodgeball tournament. Our students were so excited to have this opportunity and it was a great way to send our message of remembering to choose healthy snacks and get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

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

Our group is now looking at how we can further educate and promote healthy foods by teaming up with our food service program to offer healthier options with nutrition information in the vending machines.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our group meets each Thursday at recess time to discuss ideas and plan and prepare for activities. I have elected students to be our leaders for the group and each person has a responsibility to the group to get things accomplished and meet deadlines.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Kids are more excited about school! Although they know that it requires planning, working, and being committed to the group, our Fuel Up to Play 60 group has been able to get our other students motivated to be active and eat healthy.