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Heart Health

Rebecca Neal,   Janie Darr Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Teamwork,  Other
Heart Health
During the month of February, students learned about their hearts and ways to take care of them, such as healthy eating and heart-healthy exercises, among other things. At the end of the month, we had a “Circulatory System Celebration”. The photo downloaded just shows a small portion of the gym. Essentially, students were the blood and they raced around the circulatory system race course on scooters. They started in the heart, then went through the lungs where they picked up oxygen from the air sacs to deliver to the body as they coursed through the arteries, and then back to the heart through the veins. At the heart, students could read some heart-healthy facts and sign the pledge to never start smoking. To mix things up a little, every few minutes I would stop the music from playing. At this time students had to get off their scooters and go to the nearest sign (several were placed around the gym with heart facts and a heart healthy activity to perform). Here they would perform the heart-healthy activity for 60 seconds, and then the music would start back up and they would continue on their scooters around the race course. When coming up with this idea, I wasn’t sure if the students would enjoy it all that much. But, they LOVED it. They kept asking if they could do it next time they came to PE. It turned out to be a great way to let them experience how the circulatory system works and remind them of how to take care of their heart.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

A more thorough knowledge of and desire to take care of their hearts

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

Continue to learn more about healthy eating choices and exercises.