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Horizons Elementary Health Fair

By
Carrie michiels,   Horizons El
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Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Horizons Health Fair was held on Friday, February 9th, 2018. The morning started with a school-wide skit promoting the differences between healthy and unhealthy foods. This skit was written and designed by Horizons’ Fuel Up to Play 60 Team, and it was amazing to see the students take the leadership of this skit to make the production a success. At the conclusion of the skit, the Health Fair continued. Fourteen different community members conducted presentations on varying health-related subject matters such as: Dental Hygiene, Mental Health, Zumba, Teens against Tobacco, Dance, Kickboxing, Karate, Nutrition, Growth Mindset, etc. Each class selected four different presentations to attend based on interest and age. It was rewarding to see the various community members interacting with our students in such a positive setting.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The skit started with a brainstorming session on how to convey the message of differences between sometimes and always foods. Many suggestions were brought up, and advisors helped select a basketball game between students choosing different foods and the effects of those choices. The adults scheduled the rehearsal times and places as well as procured the supplies needed. The students exchanged their recess periods to work on costumes, script development, and scenery.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Since the Health Fair, it has been brought to my attention that students are frequently talking about what they learned during the Health Fair and skit. Students will point out healthy foods during lunch and snack time, and discuss food choices with peers and adults. Similarly, students make other comments relating to presentations such as brushing teeth, increased physical activity, signing up for karate, etc.