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Healthy Huskies are Making a Difference

Jena Graham,   Hudson Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Healthy Huskies are Making a Difference
As a team this year we, chose Snack Smarter School-Wide. We bought coolers to keep the snacks fresh and the Student Ambassadors are delivering healthy snacks to the classrooms in the afternoons. This gives all students the chance to have a healthy snack and they also have the opportunity to try some new snacks they may have never had before. For the physical activity play, we chose All in All Abilities. We purchased pedometers and rewards. We have started grade level challenges between classroom to see who can take the most steps each week. Regardless of the students athletic ability, they all can participate in the pedometer challenges. Our Student Ambassadors have led our school to success and are making a difference in our school and in the lives of our students and families.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our Student Ambassadors have made this a successful program for our school. Each year they are more dedicated and have more leadership skills to be successful leaders of the program. They work well together. They meet every week and are always working on our plays and trying to make our school a healthier, more active place. They go into classrooms, they have great rapport with teachers and students and they work together to get the job done.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen many improvements. Not only are our Student Ambassadors eating better and being active, they have really stepped up as leaders and are encouraging all students, staff, parents, and community members to do the same. They have had wonderful ideas and have worked together to make sure our Plays are being met and that our school is making improvements for the better. We have more students each year participating. Students are joining our clubs. They are excited about being healthy!

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

Our school and community believe in this program and in our Student Ambassadors and Staff Advisors. We have their support and it has been easy to keep working on our Plays. They are always willing to hear about our new ideas and do the things we want to try. Last year be bought equipment for teachers to use in their classrooms for brain breaks. Those items are continuing to be used and checked out. We will continue our pedometer challenges for the rest of this year and next year.