Fitness Friday!

April 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Physical Activity - After School, Physical Activity - Before School, Physical Activity - During School, Physical Activity - One Time Challenge Course | Leave a comment
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How Buckeye Valley East Elementary incorporates physical activity before school.

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Lisa Seely, Buckeye Valley’s PE teacher has come up with a fabulous idea… Fitness Friday!  It is held once a month on Friday mornings before school.  Lisa came up with an idea to set up 17 different physical activity stations in the gymnasium for the kids to enjoy before school.  The kids have such a blast and as it turned out so do some parents!  She has had regular attendance from 1 dad who is off work on Fridays.  He has attended every Fitness Friday and does all the stations with his son and his friends.  Other parents have also joined in on the fun with their kids.

Her stations include:

  1. Hula hoop
  2. Jump rope
  3. 1 pound weights
  4. Plank
  5. Jump over the pole
  6. Medicine ball twist
  7. Scooter around the cone
  8. Climbing wall
  9. Partner push up (high five partner)

10.  10 mountain climbers & crab walk around cone

11.  Bicep curl with resistance bands

12.  Leg squats

13.  Bicycle sit up

14.  Lunge the width, jog the length of the gym

15.  Jog the steps, walk down

16.  Bear crawl around cones

17.  Agility ladder drills

To implement the activity Lisa set up her iPod through a radio and about every minute she blows a whistle & the kids move to the next station. As a prize for the kids, they get a foot charm they put on their shoelaces!

These are just a few examples; you could set up any activity you think the kids would enjoy.

Buckeye Valley East Elementary received a Zone 8 mini-grant which helped purchase some of the equipment for the stations. Other ideas for implementing a Fitness Friday without a mini-grant include asking for a $1 donation per class, ask the PTO/PTA to help purchase equipment, or borrow PE equipment.

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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!

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