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Move and Grow

Robert Castorena,   Moody High School
Access to Healthy Foods,  Physical Activity Participation

We used the culinary arts class to grow veggies and teach students to learn how to make healthy options with great foods. Then we used Walk Across Texas to get people to move.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

One challenge that always comes up is the finance to supply materials and resources. Money to run programs in our school will always be a problem. Next year we will work with culinary arts to try to get some help. Another challenge we face is the community surroundings. Students here see more fast food and taco stands compared to grocery stores that sell fresh produce. There is so much cheap food around for students, which makes the choices of healthy eating difficult.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Yes and no. I believe we changed some students' eating behaviors, but our goal was to reach all students. I believe PE, culinary arts, health, and administration need to work together to ensure all students and adults have a chance to be a part of Fuel Up to Play 60.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I have see some improvements. I believe we need to get shirts for all the students and staff in the program. I also agree that the programs need to be more student-driven. We as adults need to practice what we preach and set the example for our students. This year we involved culinary arts - next year we will focus on getting the community involved as well. We will continue to promote healthy options in the classrooms, after school, and at athletic events.