Role Modeling Health Behaviors
- Melodie Griffin, Hungerford Elementary School
- Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Teamwork, Other
Hungerford Elementary has focused on creating a whole school environment of health and wellness. In order to do this, staff and students are working together to encourage each other to be the healthiest they can be. While we have had numerous staff and student wellness programs, we've never done a great job in combining the two. This year, we went out of our way to ensure staff could be the students' biggest cheerleaders for healthy behaviors and vice versa. It took a little while to get going, but once the staff and students saw the success that can be achieved through working on healthy behaviors together, the momentum couldn't be stopped. We have now had many of our teachers who have lost numerous pounds and have improved their physical fitness levels. Likewise, we have many of our students who are improving their physical fitness levels and choosing healthier foods. Together, we have celebrated our successes through FUTP 60 parties, Hero's Breakfast, and many other opportunities.