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Staley Kicks Off Healthy Choices at McCall Elementary School

Diane Driver,   H R Mccall Elem School
As a result of submitting a second place, award winning video demonstrating McCall School's Fuel Up to Play 60 pledge to eating healthy and staying active, staff and students were awarded a visit by Staley da Bear Mascot on Monday, September 25th. Staley's one hour fun-filled school program taught students the four downs to scoring a healthy touchdown in the game of life. The 4 downs are as follows: Eat healthy, Drink plenty of water, Get plenty of rest, and Keep physically active. His engaging personality had the staff and students on their feet and dancing! Lucio Hernandez and Andrea Cardoza, McCall's Student Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassadors, were introduced by Staley. They were instrumental in sharing this healthy message with the students last year, and will continue in their leadership roles as returning fifth grade ambassadors this year. All students were encouraged to take the Six-Week Fitness Challenge. After the one hour program, all students got to "High-5" with Staley on their way back to class.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Staff and students are very aware of making healthy choices. We have instituted an "Approved List" for snacks for classroom parties and are encouraging parents to celebrate their child's birthday with a physical activity instead of a sweet treat.

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

We are hopeful that Staley's introduction of our two returning Student FUTP 60 Ambassadors, and our announcement to recruit new ambassadors will result in more students being active in FUTP 60 for the 2017/2018 year.

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

Last year, we had difficulty getting students to come to a before-school exercise program. We felt the obstacle was getting students to school early. We are changing that program to after school this year, where typically there is higher attendance.