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HEAL Healthy Eating Active Living Healthy School Pep Rally

By
Anita Davis,   Huntington Place Elementary School
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Make Your Case for Quality Physical Education
Topics:
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
	HEAL Healthy Eating Active Living Healthy School Pep Rally
Huntington Place Elementary was one of four schools in Alabama to earn the America’s Healthiest School Award this year. A total of 323 schools nationwide received America’s Healthiest School Award. We were judged by a set of standards that included serving healthier breakfasts, lunches and snacks. We have implemented a wellness policy and provide students with 60 minutes of exercise everyday. At Huntington Place Elementary, we offer a forty five minute high-quality physical and health education and encourage teachers and staff to become healthy role models. One curriculum, our school has embraced is the HEAL Program. HEAL stands for Healthy Eating Active Living. In physical education classes the Heal program helps us teach health and fitness to our students and ensure healthy lifestyles for the rest of their lives. In our cafeteria, we are serving healthier meals by adding a salad bar, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Students have a choice of low-fat, strawberry and chocolate milk every day. We host a Wellness Night, Walk/Bike to school, Walk around the Neighborhood, Bring your Parent to P.E. School, 5K and One Mile Run for students, and the community. At Huntington Place Elementary, students, parents and community have the opportunity to come and exercise on the outdoor fitness equipment around the track. We also have a indoor fitness lab in the gym for students and teachers to come and exercise. After receiving the Healthy School Award, our school celebrated our accomplishments with a Pep Rally. The students, parents, community, State Representatives, government officials, partnerships and our sponsors were a part of the pep rally celebration. At the pep rally all the students performed a dance they learned during Physical Education class.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The entire school worked on the pep rally. My principal, Mrs. Hamner, called community members to help purchase a healthy school t-shirt for every student and staff person at HPES. Students participated in an essay contest about what makes our school a healthy one. Students and Staff learned a dance from the HEAL program. Students taught teachers which was awesome.

How did you accomplish your goals?

By working together as a school. The pep rally was going to be a small event and it grew into a school and community event.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students and staff exercising and eating healthier.