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Hometown Walking Group

By
Barbara Black and Stephanie Cantrell,   Hometown Elementary School
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds, Teamwork,  Other
Hometown Walking Group
Thank you FUTP 60 for improving our school’s physical activity and teaching our students how to make healthier food choices. Our school has been successful with creating a walking classroom that allows older students to increase their physical activity and content knowledge in a variety of subjects. Students engage in a designated and structured walking group during their daily physical education class while listening to “walking classroom” lessons. Students have also learned to incorporate a fit band which helps encourage their daily physical activity. Our FUTP 60 student leader team consists of 11 students who are actively leading the school and completing challenges on the FUTP 60 website. The team is currently preparing for an upcoming Health Fair that will give them the opportunity to showcase an inforrmative health board to younger students, local health professionals, and family members. They also will help distribute healthy snack choices. Our school also offers 4 cooking classes to all students during the school day. A nutritionist has 4 designated class lessons to teach students how to choose and make a healthy meal.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Allowing students to take on team leader roles

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

The school's physical education program has embedded walking groups into its curriculum.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Student have become more comfortable in teaching other students, improving healthy eating habits during snack times, and interests in walking as exercise.