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Moving to the Beat with Healthy Bites

By
Carla Winslow,   Lakewood Elementary School
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Access to Healthy Foods,  Physical Activity Participation
Moving to the Beat with Healthy Bites
Every teacher in the school has a song that they use to signal to students that it's time for clean up, transitions, etc. You often see the students singing and dancing while they are also working. Every six weeks, we have Eagle Rallies for our students to recognize good behavior. At the end of each rally, the students dance to music (Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle). This is a time for celebration and also movement. The P.E. teacher uses "Just Dance" videos to get the students warmed up for the day's activities. Teachers and staff get together twice every six weeks to do some form of exercise, whether it's dancing or volleyball or other activities. Our librarian provides a healthy breakfast for students who have the highest Reading Counts points every six weeks and the students who have read the most books during that time. We have a school/community Color Run scheduled for April 14th.

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

The students are very excited about the music and movement. We are incorporating more every year and expanding on the concept by having school-wide dance parties.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students seem more relaxed and excited about events at school. They are starting to request different songs and challenging teachers to dance contests.

How did you accomplish your goals?

I am new to the campus this year and have implemented some of the FUTP 60 activities that were successful at another campus where I previously worked. I have continuously encouraged teachers and students to participate and have set the example by laying a foundation for continuous movement and healthy eating.