This year I started a leadership group with some 5th grade students who wanted to see healthy change on campus. Those students not only help in leadership roles, like setting up equipment and working fundraisers, they also want to see a positive change on our campus. They are working to find ways to increase movement on campus while trying to share healthy lifestyle information to other kids. The Fit Fifth Crew has brainstormed ways that other students on campus can make small changes that have lasting impact (such as drinking more water or avoiding sugar). Students share these tips on the announcements and plan to roll out a healthy eating challenge in the spring where students can log their eating for the week and earn prizes. Their leadership example is making a big difference on campus.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges we face at our school when it comes to healthy eating is that students are uninformed. If they aren't exposed to healthy well balanced meals at home, their baseline for understanding how to eat healthy is skewed. We can't change the foods that are purchased at home, but we can help them to make better decisions about those foods.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Students in leadership are more confident and knowledgeable and other students are following their lead. They are excited to be in Fit Fifth when they are older.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
This leadership team will be just the beginning. We plan to have another team next year to set new goals and find new ways to share healthy with our school.
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