Crystal Montante, Henry Hank Oyama Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Teamwork
How fortunate is Oyama Elementary that we had a month of Wellness Activities sponsored by our Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT). A kickoff assembly was held to promote Fuel Up To Play 60 and teach students about healthy body, healthy minds. We started with a fun taste-testing of the Groovy Green Smoothie (spinach, pineapple, mango, orange juice) made fresh by SWAT. Students were then invited to do an In-Class Activity game with Brain Breaks to ramp up the fun and teach their peers about physical activities. The following week, he held a Let's Dance party with a Zumba Instructor that got everyone moving, including teachers and the principal. Our Wellness Weeks concluded with Field Day (Ramp Up Recess) where we invited Student Athletes from Pima Community College to join in on the fun. Overall, we had a great time at Oyama Elementary with Fuel Up To Play 60.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Student and adults were able to come together and begin the planning process for what they wanted their school wellness activities to look like. By communicating and cooperating, they were able to design their activities and lessons around the wellness goals. Students and adults were hands on from beginning, for example, everyone helped out by making smoothies, teaching students in class breaks, and leading field day games. This great opportunity allowed students to take leadership roles!
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