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Getting Healthy and Leading Getting Active

Jennifer Sanford,   Locust Grove Upper Es
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
All year during the first minutes of PE, we are learning about Health and Nutrition. The kids learn a "Word of the Week",  portion control and about how consuming vegetables, fruit, protein, and grains can help affect our lives in 20-30 years. Many kids have come to me and told me how they are making different choices or are encouraging their parents to buy different foods for dinner. This makes my heart so happy to know what they are learning is making a difference in their lives at home. We also have a Fuel Up to Play 60 Physical Education Cart we take out to get active at recess. The kids have older PE equipment and sidewalk chalk to use to get them up and moving. After some jump ropes broke, one 3rd grade girl stepped up to make jump ropes out of duct tape and yarn. She said she wanted to help out and make our cart better. This was so moving! I am so thankful to these kids and lives we are touching through Fuel Up to Play 60!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The kids are excited about PE and want to have goals. Many of them wrote New Year's Resolution Goals to become more active.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We have been working together and researching questions as they arrrive.

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

I plan to continue teaching them new things using Fuel Up, My Plate, National Dairy, and using resources I create in class. We will also use games and learning goals to tackle new ideas.