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Stellar FUTP 60 Student Team

By
Michelle Beer,   Maydell Jenks Elementary Sch
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Stellar FUTP 60 Student Team
This year at Jenks Elementary, we were awarded a $4000 grant to add a Grab and Go Breakfast station to our campus. In addition, we were awarded a grant to "Ramp up our Recess". We will be able to order and paint health themed stencils on our playground blacktop. This year, students were chosen to be on our FUTP 60 team by submitting a video of themselves eating healthy, doing their favorite exercise and telling us why they want to help lead our campus in improving our eating and exercise habits. Student videos were amazing! It was hard to pick just 12 students. After we picked our student team, they started leading our campus right away. We had 2 students create healthy yogurt recipes for the "Yogurt's Got Game" challenge. They worked with their families, the PE department and our nutrition staff to write and share the recipes on Twitter. They also went on morning announcements to share their recipes with students. Students at Jenks also celebrated our healthy habits during our CATCH week by submitting videos of themselves eating fruits and veggies for the color of the day. In a few weeks, our student team will also be leading a FUTP 60 booth at our CATCH family fitness night, where they will advocate for healthy food choices and help lead students in a dance activity. Students in our FUTP 60 team will also be leaders on our campus and will participate on our CATCH committee which meets about once a month to discuss important health topics on our campus as well as how we will implement our Coordinated Approach to Child Health program at Jenks. Our Jags are amazing! #MJEjags #CATCHingjags #FuelGreatness #FUTP60

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our student team worked together with their families and other team members to create their healthy yogurt breakfasts for the "Yogurt's Got Game" challenge. They also worked together with the FUTP 60 program advisor to create a description of their recipes' nutrition facts and why they chose the fruits and yogurt they decided to include.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our whole community worked together as a team to do challenge. Nutrition staff helped us celebrate National School lunch week with student artwork. Parents, students and staff tweeted videos of eating fruits and vegetables during CATCH week. Librarian and administration helped promote healthy habits on morning announcements. Our FUTP 60 Team all worked together to make sure students were getting the healthy messages of eating fruits and vegetables and low-fat or fat-free dairy.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Since we started promoting healthy eating and nutrition at MJE, I have heard students come running up to me "I ate fruits and veggies at home today." Our student team and other students are super excited about our healthy eating plays and physical activity plays. Students are excited to sign up online at fueluptoplay60.com. I also have found that students are excited to eat fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy and to do the health challenges with the staff, their parents and their families.