Happy Healthy Hearts...at Home
- Jill Grawe, Shawnee Trail Elementary School
- Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation
February is our month to do some extra focus on our hearts at Shawnee Trail Elementary. We, the PE coaches, give a Valentine to each student to take home. Each Valentine expresses our desire for them to be healthy and for their families to be healthy too. On the paper is an empty heart that each student is asked to fill in with an activity that they do, OUTSIDE of SCHOOL hours, that is active and helps promote their heart health! The student fills in the heart with the activity and the amount of time spent doing it (we encourage a minimum of 30 minutes). They also fill in their name and the names of their family members that also participate in the activity. We encourage things like family walks, break out the music and dance in the living room, help with yardwork….along with all the current activities students may be involved in. We see things like 1 hour – Soccer Practice….to things like Went Up and Down the Stairs 100 times. Each time they return a heart…they pick up another empty heart to encourage more activity. This continues until the end of February. We post all the hearts in the hallway so that staff, students and parents can see the progress and become inspired to be a part of it! The students get very excited to tell us what activity they did…and that they will be very busy over the weekends with additional activities!!