Authored by Mary Cluley
Physical Education Teacher
Notre Dame Catholic School, Wichita Falls, TX
I was surfing the web this summer looking for new ways to support my students’ healthy behaviors. I came across the Let’s go! website and decided to adopt the 5-2-1-0 message. It is wonderful in that all students can memorize it very easily. I asked two Middle Schoolers to help me prepare a wall sized bulletin board at the end of our main hallway. I gave them the idea and they designed it! I LOVE it and it is huge and colorful…a real eye catcher. I asked some parents to share photos of our students demonstrating these behaviors, which we then added to the mural. I submitted a picture of the mural to PE Central and they published it online, and I won a $50 gift certificate for our school!
Notre Dame Elementary promotes healthy behaviors year round and 5-2-1-0 is an effective message to support our efforts. We are a strong supporter of the “1 & 2”message, keeping students moving. Our students get physical education (PE) 4 days per week for 30 minutes. Each class also has lunch and morning recess. This is of utmost importance to the children’s daily learning, as it is a proven fact that children concentrate more and do better in school with PE every day and the more recesses the better…to get that blood flowing!
Our school hosts a day of family fun and exercise we call Golden Shoe Day. We always have a GREAT turnout, and we also have many great grandparents and grandparents showing up to exercise with their child. It’s important to us to engage parents and families in our efforts. At our Back to School Night Pep Rally, our 4k, 5k, 1st and 2nd grades did an exercise/music program that was a big hit. In the springtime, we have our jog-a-thon, which is a field day type event and running event.
We also engage community partners to support our efforts. Earlier in the year Midwestern State University (MSU) sent over its volleyball team to teach our students volleyball for a day. It’s good for my students to get exposure to college athletes, who may inspire them! Soon we will begin the PE Central Cooperative Challenge with MSU Kinesiology Students! Last year we worked hand in hand with a class of students from MSU who implemented the Presidential Physical Fitness Testing at our school.
Notre Dame collaborates with our food and nutrition program to provide healthy food and beverage options and support the “5 & 0” message. Our cafeteria supports the 3 E’s of the nutrition program. Eating Right, Education and Exercise. When planning the school lunch menu, we provide more dark green leafy vegetables, red/orange vegetables, other colors of vegetables, and healthy beans. In conjunction with the cafeteria, I am planning a “Kitchen Taste Challenge” for this year. Details are “in the making.”
During the first week of school, I took each class to the “5-2-1-0″ bulletin board and explained what it is, and often during PE class I will ask the students, “What does the ’2′ in ’5-2-1-0′ stand for?” So I am trying to really get them to memorize it, and most have. I also have put the 5-2-1-0 flyers throughout the school and also just the numbers “5-2-1-0″ with no explanation in various parts of our school.
Thanks Let’s Go!
Posted by letsgo on October 15, 2013
Authored by Barbara Crowley
RSU 20 School Health Coordinator Linda Hartkopf helped elementary school children in RSU 20 celebrate ‘Harvest Week’ recently, with taste testings at Nickerson and East Belfast Schools.
At Nickerson, she met with 1st and 2nd graders to explore the difference between raw, mashed and cooked apples and squash. Students were encouraged to see this not only as a healthy food lesson, but as a language arts exercise as well. Kids were asked to find words that described the difference between these foods texture, tastes and appearance!
In East Belfast School, Hartkopf taught the parts of a plant, and children made a delicious salad that reflected these — featuring lettuce and spinach leaves, stems (celery), roots (carrots), flowers (broccoli), fruit (apples) and pumpkin seeds, tossed in an olive-oil vinaigrette dressing. They loved it and asked for seconds!
Posted by letsgo on October 1, 2013
Authored by Barbara Crowley
Check out a great video from the Waldo County YMCA Summer Camp Koda project organized by Let’s Go! Waldo staff Barbara Crowley and Sarah O’Blenes. The group made four trips to the Belfast Farmers’ Market, allowing the kids to pick out their own veggies and then prepare salads and simple stir fry dishes. This video is from one of the trips, and we think the success speaks for itself!
Camp Koda goes to the Belfast Farmer’s Market from Waldo County General Hospital on Vimeo.
Posted by letsgo on September 26, 2013
Authored by Karen Schebaum
You love the 5-2-1-0 message and want to spread the word. You helped make the healthy choice the easy choice for kids in your community, and now you want to shout out, “It’s the FUN choice too!” Let’s Go! heard you loud and clear and are happy to announce that we have a good variety of new promotional items available for purchase online! Many people have asked us to make more Let’s Go! promotional items available. School teachers in particular have been anxiously awaiting more options. Now we have multiple fun options to choose from.
Visit www.letsgotoolkits.com to check out our new assortment of Let’s Go! items:
What a great way to spread the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 message! Prices are reasonable and all sales support the work of the Let’s Go! program. Thank you for sharing your interest with us. Have fun with the new items!
Posted by letsgo on September 3, 2013
Authored by Emily Cooke, RDN, LD
Lots of Tots Child Care reports that 5-2-1-0 Goes to Child Care (5-2-1-0 GTCC) has “totally given us the tools and the incentives to not only promote health and nutrition within our program, but within the community as well.”
Owner, Penni Theriault, says being involved with 5-2-1-0 GTCC has “changed the way we look at doing our menu”. One change they’ve made is to introduce new healthy foods to the kids through theme weeks. For example they recently had a tropical theme week. “We learned about tropical fruits and the children had the opportunity to try foods that they might not have otherwise tried. Presentation is key, the kids and we have also discovered that if they help make it they are more apt to try it. [We also had a] Sesame Street week and found a really neat way to present fruits and vegetables to the children, it has become a work of art!…Parents are amazed that their children are eating the healthy choices that we are offering and get a huge kick out of seeing the pictures and the fun way that we have been able to present these healthy food choices.”
Lots of Tots has also been collecting food boxes so the children can ‘shop’ for healthy food choices and the activity is having an impact even at home. “Parents have even shared with us that it’s making a difference when they grocery shop with their children, the kids seem to be pointing out the healthier choices.” says Penni. This summer the child care has used a couple of its youth volunteers to work on a project with some of the older children. They have been putting together a cookbook of healthy and easy meals and snacks. The hope is to sell the cookbook to raise money for future 5-2-1-0 related projects.
Wow! What an impact Lots of Tots Child Care is having on the lifelong habits of the children they care for! Let’s Go! loves to hear about and share stories like this; we are proud to have Lots of Tots Child Care partnering with us in creating fun and healthy child care environments here in Maine!
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