ON THE MOVE for Grade 5 is a 7-week program where students learn a variety of ways to become heart-healthy using interactive behavior-change activities using the Young People’s Healthy Heart Lesson Plans.
Students learn to advocate for health by teaching their parents via a host of take-home activities such as showing their parents visuals which display the amount of sugar in commonly eaten foods. Students also teach their families about cholesterol, fiber, label reading, and they set personal and family goals. Students are encouraged to choose more veggies and fruits in school and at home. They also learn which fitness zone they are in as they exercise.
Students use a journal to record healthy behaviors and color in a map of the United States as they track their progress throughout the unit.
ON THE MOVE for Grade 4 is a 7-week program where students learn a variety of ways to become heart-healthy and how to keep a healthy blood pressure using interactive behavior-change activities using the Young People’s Healthy Heart Lesson Plans (available free online). The students also teach their parents via a host of take-home activities such as showing their parents test tube visuals which show how much salt is in commonly eaten foods. Also, students and families are challenged to practice healthy nutrition strategies at home.
The unit concludes with a Family Fun and Fitness Night where the students teach their parents and grandparents about heart health and students demonstrate heart-healthy practices such as how to eat less sodium, how to read nutrition facts labels, to eat foods rich in calcium and to eat more fruits and vegetables. The students serve tasty samples of strawberry-banana smoothies, low sodium potato soup and blueberry yogurt parfaits.
Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day is an international event that is held each year on the first Wednesday in October.
Walk to School Day connects with many issues that communities care about, like creating safer, more walkable routes to school; building a sense of community or school spirit; and inspiring families to use their feet for the school commute more often.
Walk to School Day promotes physical activity! Walking is a great way for adults and children to stay active. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day and adults need at least 30 minutes a day for better health. One mile has been identified as a sensible distance that elementary students can walk to school. For our local event in Valley City, students walk about 1/3-2/3 of a mile each year after meeting at various drop off locations for students at each school.
Walk to School Day is a fun-filled event that reminds every one of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. The focus is health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
Personal Wellness Profiles for Seniors
The Personal Wellness Profile (PWP) provides students with a free comprehensive evaluation of their lifestyle habits, gives each student a snapshot view of their health risks, and provides them with solid strategies for making changes to improve their quality of life!
High school seniors will soon be making their own health decisions, yet the last time many of them have had a health class may be in 9th or 10th grade. The PWP brings them up to date on health information and helps them focus on their own health needs as they graduate from high school.
The PWP includes:
After completing the PWP, each participant receives their results on an individualized report. Results of the PWP are provided to each student confidentially. Aggregate data from all participants are used in a presentation for all the students to help them understand health issues in their geographic area and across the nation. Since 2008, City County Health District has been partnering with Valley City Public Schools to provide the PWP for the graduating seniors.
The goal of ON THE MOVE for Students is to encourage K- grade 6 students to do 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days of the week, and ideally on all 7 days of the week.
Why? To improve their health, so they are better able to learn, and to help students understand that physical activity can be fun. Parents are encouraged to set their own physical activity goal and do physical activity with their children in the evenings or on week ends.
It is for elementary students in Litchville-Marion, Barnes County North, Maple Valley (Oriska and Buffalo), St. Catherine Catholic School, and Valley City Public Schools.
Students in grades K- grade 6 must keep a record of the physical activity that they do on a student activity log during the 4 weeks in March.
A one day swim pass to the Valley City Parks and Recreation Community Swimming Pool will be given to all students who meet the goal. A physical activity celebration, a swimming day at the Gaukler Wellness Center pool will be held at the end of the program for all students, the PE and classroom teachers and the Elementary Principal.
Student ON THE MOVE