Raymond Challenge Course event Summarizes Year of Game On! Challenges

May 29, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Physical Activity - During School, Physical Activity - One Time Challenge Course | Leave a comment
Nurse Teri Heard organized an all-school challenge course to summarize the Game On challenges for the year on May 28th. 

First thing the day of the challenge all students went to the gym in their t-shirts and nurse Teri organized them into a food pyramid. Pieces of yellowpaper were used to represent the fats and oils section.  Just the process of getting students aligned into a pyramid was a fun time to review what all the colors stand for and give examples!

The challenge course was originally planned to be held outdoors but because of stormy weather, was moved into the gym and two empty classrooms.   Each grade came for one hour at a time, and students were grouped by t-shirt color into groups of 7-10 for the Game On Challenge stations.

Stations were manned by volunteers, some parents, some from the community – a health educator from the county health department, and exercise physiologist from the local hospital, and two staff fitness instructors from the YMCA.

Students race and choose a food to bring back to their team

Students race and choose a food to bring back to their team

Foods of all food groups go in center of room

Food group examples go in center of room for Station 2: Five Groups Search & Rescue

I was amazed at how much the students remembered their food pyramid, and the foods they had tasted – I heard several references to tasting the pumpkin and apples and milk that had taken place in the fall.  The challenge course, which was implemented directly from the Game On! examples from the website, was met with excitement and smiles from the students.    They especially loved the All Foods Fit Relay, and the station 2 Search and Rescue game – what great activities to review what they had learned during the year in an active way.

Obstacle Course Fun

Obstacle Course Fun

At the end of the day, principal Donna Ball called all students and waiting parents back into the gym for a surprise “Thank You!” to Nurse Teri Heard for all the fun Game On Challenges this year.   Teri was showered with thank you cards and posters from the students – from a quick look through all the colorful pyramids and exercise drawings, could see how much information they had retained and what they remembered – great positive feedback for her!

A big thanks also should go to principal Donna Ball, who was always a big supporter, and to the Marysville School Board, who has an excellent wellness policy, which helps point everyone – staff – parents -students all in the same direction.

Mary Chace,
Game On Grant Coordinator – Ohio

Nurse Teri Heard with her many student thank you cards and posters

Nurse Teri Heard with her many student thank you cards and posters

Raymond Elementary T-shirt food pyramid

May 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Physical Activity - One Time Challenge Course, Using the USDA Food Pyramid | Leave a comment
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Tie Dyed T-shirts for Challenge Course Day make a Food Pyramid!

Tie Dyed T-shirts for Challenge Course Day make a Food Pyramid!

About a week before the last Game On event at Raymond Elementary, Nurse Teri Heard asked each child to bring in a white t-shirt and recruited a few other staff members to help tie-dye each shirt with the five colors of the food pyramid.   Teachers had the students bundle and tie off their shirts before dying with rubber bands.   Students wore their t-shirts during the event, which helped group students and reinforce concepts they had learned  throughout the year.

What fun!

Comprehensive Dairy Classroom Challenge At Norwich Elementary

May 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Nutrition focus: Dairy Challenges | Leave a comment
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Families sampled yogurt parfaits instead of the typical fair food for $.50 a piece!

Families sampled yogurt parfaits instead of the typical fair food for $.50 a piece!

In preparation for the upcoming classroom 3-day dairy challenge, wellness committee members at Norwich Elementary in Hilliard organized and staffed a yogurt parfait tasting table at the annual fair fundraiser, which took the place of the usual cotton candy or sno-cone sales. 

Click here to see the accompanying handout, which actually hits all the GameOn challenges we have done so far – fruit and veggies, whole grains, and dairy Yogurt parfait handout.  At this time, milk moustache photos were taken of students, and also the popular recess aide that the kids adore.

 A month later, teachers were offered the chance to have their students set a goal as a class for how many dairy servings they will eat in three days, track their dairy servings, and then see if they met their goal.  If they met their goal, they received a gift card to Walmart for $20 to buy something for the class.  (grant money helping here).  Here’s the form that went to the teachers:  clrmdairychallengeformNorwich

The day before the classroom challenge was to begin, one of the more theatrical parents dressed up as a cow and handed out bookmarks to kids getting on the buses to get students excited!

Dairy cow hands out bookmarks as students leave school - reminds them to have "3 A  Day!"

Dairy cow hands out bookmarks as students leave school - reminds them to have "3 A Day!"

 In addition, classroom activity sheets and materials were placed in the staff lounge for teachers to help themselves.    A tasting of 3 different types of cheese (including soy cheese) was offered and organized by parent volunteers in the cafeteria during lunch on the last day of “Dairy Week”.  

Voting process in the cafeteria - which cheese do you like best?
Here students vote for which cheese they         Results of the voting were posted –
like best!                                                                             and satisfied a 3rd grade math standard!
A classroom poster contest was also offered –  Wellness committee members served as judges and the winning classroom will recieve a smoothie and classroom milk moustache party.  Here is the poster that won below, created by Mrs. Stroh’s K-1st grade class:
Classroom Dairy Poster Contest Winner!

Classroom Dairy Poster Contest Winner!

Here’s the form that went to parents, to let them know what is happening: Dairychallenge parentflyr page1, dairychallengepage2parentflyr
Here’s some posters that were posted around the school!   There were some of the recess aide, and some of students with milk moustaches as well. Mr Kelly
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