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Get Out There and Do What You Can!

LUCI CARRIZALES,   Cullen Place Middle School
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Teamwork,  Other
Get Out There and Do What You Can!
Get out there and do what you can is our motto! Here at Cullen we try to advocate physical activity as much as humanly possible. We like to tell everyone that any little bit counts, it doesn’t matter how sweaty you got or if you didn’t even change for the exercise. What matters is that you got out there and did what you could. This school year we launched our Walk Across Texas program and surprisingly we had not only a good number of students participate but we also had a teacher team, which was amazing. Taking on the lead role of that program, I got to see how some of our teachers only needed some motivation to get started and then ran with it from there. We also are partnered with Marathon Kids to keep our students active. You can imagine how many kids got out there to tackle their miles just to receive their Nike sponsored incentives. Through this program, they learned how to keep themselves accountable and set goals. We also gave our students information about MyPlate and were even able to get the South Texas Dairy Farmers to come out and talk about the importance of dairy and serving sizes. Overall, we set the bar high for our students.  With the programs we could partner with, students were given health strategies to last a lifetime. I encourage you to get out there and do what you can do. You only have one body!

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

The biggest challenge for me was deciding what programs we would implement and how to get the word out. Luckily for me, our district provided us with a variety of programs and went in to get detail as to what each program entailed. Not only was I given plenty of information to hook everyone in, but I knew how different parts would play together.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We participated in Walk Across Texas this school year. We made it a competition school-wide. I found out that the teachers were a lot more competitive than I originally thought.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The students liked the presentation by the dairy farmers and have taken in some valuable information for their plate. Our staff and students have continued to remain active and check in often with what they have completed.