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Lamar2Real's Impact on Lamar Elementary

By
Justin Mize,   Lamar El
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Lamar2Real's Impact on Lamar Elementary
Over the last few months, 42 Lamar students have created a more healthy atmosphere for Lamar Elementary School. With a combination of hard work and creative energy, the Fuel Up to Play 60 team, Lamar2Real, was able to spread awareness about the importance of having an active lifestyle and making better choices at mealtime. We started a "Mile Club" every Tuesday for runners to exercise outside PE, and even had the local high school cross country team come and visit our students and share some helpful advice. We even joined an event called "The Ugly Sweater Run" and used our team shirts to participate before Christmas time. It was great seeing our students come together to participate in a community event all because of Fuel Up to Play 60! Now the students are more involved in exercise and continue their personal interest in running and making smart choices and goals for this next 2016 school year.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Teachers and students alike both participated in the same running events, and made decisions together of what would be good for the running club. Students spread awareness of the club, and we helped the students in any problems they had along the way.

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

We decided to not let the Runner's Club fade after we reached our 6th step. We continue to have the Runner's Club every Tuesday weather permitting and keep students motivated to stay on track for their goals of a healthy lifestyle.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Since Fuel Up to Play 60, we have had more willingness to participate in healthy activities and more interest in healthy food choices. Breakfast is served free of charge daily, and more students participate online tracking their activities and challenges.