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Increased Physical Activity at CHE

Andrea Somers,   Columbine Hills Elem School
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Increased Physical Activity at CHE

This has been a wonderful year of growth for our team. We meet 2-4 times a month with a goal of making our school a healthier learning environment for everyone. This school year, our main focus was on increasing physical activity. Through trainings, more school event opportunities, and leading by example, it has been a truly successful year!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our FUTP 60 team organized time with all of the classroom teachers, so they could present the program to every classroom, and reach every student. Training was also offered to all of our PARA staff, so they would be provided with the skills to incorporate an active and successful recess time.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our team used the grant money to purchase soccer goals, new recess equipment, and a recess cart. These additional items, along with staff and student training, has improved our recess time immensely. Students have been taught proper care of the recess equipment, and a rotation has been set-up for care of the recess cart. Staff has been more engaged with the students at recess, encouraging them to play more.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Our staff and students take pride in being a "healthy school", and show it through their words and actions. Since forming our team, we have changed our birthday celebration policy, increased brain breaks, promoted healthy eating in every classroom, revamped our recess program, recruited more parents to volunteer at healthy school events (i.e. walk/bike to school, Tune-up Tuesday, cafeteria make-over...), and changed our frame of mind on healthy eating and staying active.