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Thorson Family Wellness Night

By
Patty Kestell,   Thorson El
Play:
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Topics:
Community Involvement
Thorson Family Wellness Night
Thorson Elementary School hosts a very engaging Family Wellness Night each January. This event is a highlight of the year for me, as a physical educator, as well as our school. This past year, we had over 650 people attend our event! We were fortunate to have about 30 community organizations share their time and expertise with our Thorson families this year. We invited wellness professionals from Cedarburg Childrens’ Pediatrics, Aurora Sports Medicine Institute, Instep Physical Therapy, North Shore Fit, Muscle Movement Therapy, Swim America, Cedarburg Recreation Department, Riveredge, Burghardts Sporting Goods, Young Living, Oberweis Dairy, Aramark and other organizations to be a part of our Wellness Night. We provided physical activities in the gym and classrooms throughout our school, and had the wellness professionals set up in the hallways for families to visit. Students received a wellness passport to help engage them in the Family Wellness Night. For every six activities or wellness professionals they tried or visited, they earned a raffle ticket for some fun door prizes. Wellness professionals engaged the students in small activities at their booths, and asked them wellness questions to help them earn a signature on their passport. Our FUTP 60 student wellness team was involved in many aspects of planning, setting up, and leading activities at our Family Wellness Night, and helped out with activities such as Ninja Warrior obstacle courses, cardio drumming, fitness stations, traverse climbing wall activities, and healthy snack demonstrations. Parents of the FUTP 60 team as well as other parent and high school community service volunteers helped set up and supported our FUTP60 students during our event. Activities included Koppa tennis, Cedarburg Crush softball, IAM volleyball, North Shore United soccer, Zumba, chair massages, a relaxation room with nature video and aromatherapy, among others.  One of the best parts of the Family Wellness Night was the FUTP 60/Oberweis/Rock the Bike taste test room we had set up. Our Aramark food service director helped kids participate in the Rock the Bike smoothie taste test, which kids absolutely loved! Oberweis Dairy Farm provided a variety of different milk taste tests for our families, and was a welcomed addition to our wellness night this year. Lastly, our Fuel Up to Play 60 team used the MOOving through Wisconsin challenge to fuel excitement for our Cheese Olympics and veggie taste tests. It is amazing to see so many families come to enjoy being active and learning about wellness together. Our FUTP 60 team is also super excited to be taking a farm field trip to Roden’s Barnyard Adventures soon, and working with Jackie Roden on future FUTP 60 activities.  

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our FUTP 60 student wellness team was involved in many aspects of planning, setting up, and leading activities at our Family Wellness Night. Parents of the FUTP60 team as well as other parent and high school community service volunteers helped set up and supported our FUTP60 students during our event.

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

FUTP 60 will be offering two future taste tests with our food service director, sampling quinoa chicken salad with feta cheese and rainbow pizza. Our FUTP60 team will soon be visiting a farm, and sharing video footage with Thorson students.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students continue to build on their understand of what FUTP 60 is, and how healthy eating and being active everyday helps to “fuel greatness”. Students learn about these activities in PE class, broaden their experiences in activities such Family Wellness Nights and outside of school, and then get to enjoy multiple FUTP60 activities throughout the year.