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Wellness Teams Make a Difference!

By
Cynthia Borrego-Hogan,   Chester Jordan Elem Sch
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Wellness Teams Make a Difference!
This year, we decided to create a better culture for physical education and all-around wellness. As educators, we sometimes get so caught up in the logistics and paperwork, that we forget some of the small details. This is when I decided we needed a wellness team to be out with our campus, finding information we probably would have missed. We had students apply and campaign for their spot on the wellness team. Some of the criteria were: no negative referrals at Jordan Elementary (from Kinder-5th Grade), have passing grades (70 or above) on their first progress report, have not been suspended from school at Jordan Elementary, or been withheld from any field trips due to bad behavior. They also had to make sure they respect teachers, coaches and administration, be a leader for their peers and always follow PE expectations. We had positions such as a president, vice president, secretary, art, marketing, and technology teams, with each of these teams taking charge of their titles. Students had to apply and run for their positions. Each one had to give a speech as to why they would be the best candidate and also get their teachers' approval. We have a total of 15 students who are part of our Jordan Wellness Team and they have already hit the ground running with their tasks. Thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60, we were able to survey students, teachers and administrators on the strength of health and fitness on our campus. We found our weaknesses and have been working on them diligently. We have only just begun, but my wellness team is very anxious to take on more. Here’s to a healthy and fit school year!

How did you accomplish your goals?

We are able to accomplish our goal by becoming more student oriented! That was possible by creating a wellness team to go out into the streets and find out what our community (campus) wants and needs. They have been the best tool overall in helping us get to our goal of making this a health and fitness conscious campus!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We are able to work together because, although I am in charge, everyone has a title and a role in the wellness team. They know that if they do not perform their task/title then the wellness team cannot function! They are very disciplined in that they know they have deadlines to meet.

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

Hopefully we are able to receive funding to get our dreams going. We want to build a track and are only short a small amount in comparison to what we have raised. Once that is built, we can go from their with the aspirations we have for the campus.