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I Made My Body Stronger Today

By
Therese Anfield,   John Tibbott Elementary School
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods
I Made My Body Stronger Today
This year, we had a team of 35 members who helped raise money to purchase Fuel Up to Play 60 shirts. Our team held monthly meetings and we made FUTP 60 posters, played games, talked about nutrition and health, and discussed ways to promote our purpose in the school. The team came up with an idea to make a chart entitled "Hey I Made My Body Stronger Today! The chart was for a period of 8 weeks and students could check off a box when they ate a fruit or vegetable that day. Similarly, they could check off the box when they finished drinking all of their milk that day. This was a way to create awareness and encourage students not to throw away the healthy foods in the lunchroom but to create an incentive to finish them. The team made awards with charms of feet and paws (Tibbott Tigers) for those who turned in their completed charts. They took the award chains around to the classrooms and rewarded students during their morning meetings in front of peers. This was very successful and the team enjoyed the program immensely. Hopefully they want to continue it for next school year and build on the program. It was a great year and we took a team picture that was featured in the yearbook. 

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The improvements that we saw at the school were during lunch time. Team members would come into the cafeteria and circulate, reminding young students to drink their milk and eat their fruits and vegetables. I enjoyed how involved the students became and assumed leadership roles and thought that the younger students were influenced by them.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students worked as a team to come up with the idea. I created the form from their idea. Other teachers allowed the students to come to the classroom and speak about the play/program, hand out charts, and also to hand out awards.

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

I believe that the students will carry this play over next year since they enjoyed doing it and they saw success from it. Also, it is easy to implement at the school and promote it at morning meetings and during lunchtime.