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Health Hustle 2015

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Jamee Little,   Carlena Chandler Elementary School
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Health Hustle 2015
We believe that families are striving to make healthy changes. The Health Hustle is a large-scale health and wellness expo that was created to introduce our students and families to resources available in and around their community, and provide comprehensive health and wellness opportunities for three Allen ISD schools. This year’s 2nd Annual 2015 Health Hustle was held at South Fork Ranch and played host to over 130 vendors representing the many aspects of health (i.e. – fitness, emotional, financial, wellness, nutrition, etc.). What makes this event different from a normal school health fair, other than the size, is the fact that we encourage each vendor to not only provide information to our attendees but also to engage them in interactive activities at their booth to promote what they have to offer in some way. These activities range from food sampling, interactive games and drawings, obstacle courses, trampolines, making healthy snack recipes, inflatables, product sampling, game trucks, on-stage demos, mascot involvement, photo booths, and much more! With rave reviews and a recorded attendance of over 2,500 people, our event was a huge success. Through an increased awareness of health-related community resources and the ability to communicate the benefits of healthy choices, our students and families prove that the Health Hustle continues to make an impact in creating a healthier school each year.

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

An event like the Health Hustle, while VERY rewarding and worth all the time and effort, is not something that should be taken on lightly. Some of our biggest barriers were: Finding an event location that can accommodate our needs and still be affordable, Securing sponsors, Contacting and booking vendors, Overseeing the details of the event day itself. It is the months of planning and hard work that go into preparations and hosting an event of this magnitude that will pay off in the end.

How did you accomplish your goals?

To put it simply...form a good team of support, be very organized, find a system to track everything, and just GO FOR IT!

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

The lasting evidence of this Play are seen in the days, weeks, and even months after the event when you hear the students share things they learned or experienced through the Health Hustle. Plans are in the works to take the Health Hustle and expand it district-wide.