Fired up for wellness with Bathgate Elementary's PTA
-This article orginally appeared in the January 2015 edition of PTA in California.
Students, families and school staff at 146 schools in California recently participated in the Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge, competing to win awards to support school physical activity and wellness programs. Participants kept track of their physical activity during the month-long challenge using the Fire Up Your Feet online activity tracker. Schools were eligible to win awards in several categories, and one special award was offered to PTAs that helped encourage parent participation in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge. Bathgate Elementary PTA in Mission Viejo (Capistrano Council PTA, Fourth District PTA) was the lucky winner of this $500 Unit PTA Award.
“Bathgate Elementary proudly walked to school on October 8 with almost 85 percent of our 708 student school population. Our parking lot was practically empty and the majority of our traffic was the pedestrian kind! It was an extremely fun day with our students wearing crazy socks and enjoying our beautiful weather,” shared PTA member Cristina Rodriguez. “Since then, we strive to continue to walk to school every chance that we have—enjoying physical activity before and after school, and continuing to make health and wellness one of our goals!” “We are very excited to use our rewards for purchasing additional PE equipment and for making sure that our student supervisors all have CPR and First Aid Training,” continued Rodriguez. Parents and PTA members like Cristina have found that getting regular physical activity is just one of the benefits of being involved in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge, which also helps unite the school community together around the shared goal of healthy minds and bodies.
Since the launch of Fire Up Your Feet in 2013, Kaiser Permanente and Fire Up Your Feet have awarded more than $200,000 to participating schools as of November 2014. Fire Up Your Feet is a core program of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership available to any elementary and middle school nationally and the PTA is a family engagement partner. “The health, safety and wellness of all children is important to parents and to California State PTA,” said California State PTA Vice President for Health Kathy Rabun. “We are pleased to work with the Fire Up Your Feet program to promote effective heath-education programs that help children and families lead healthier lives.”
Want to help your school get “fired up” for wellness? The next Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge will take place April 13-May 15, 2015. For more information or to register your school for the challenge, visit http://fireupyourfeet.org/user/register