Last Season's Plays

Family Fitness Challenge

Challenge students to see how many family fitness activities they can participate in with a family member or caretaker throughout the school year (or a shorter timeframe). Send home ideas through the parent newsletter or in a separate flyer, and put up classroom or school-wide bulletin boards where students can record their participation. Make physical activity a family focus throughout the year!

  • Create a challenge announcement to send home with students, highlighting the benefits of physical activity and challenging families to see how many activities (repeated or new each time) they can participate in together during a set period of time.
  • Use the Tools and Resources below to create or highlight monthly lists or calendars of activities families can do together.
  • Get permission from the principal at your school to set up a bulletin board highlighting the challenge periods and allowing students to highlight the activities they’re participating in with their families. Have students bring in pictures or write stories about what they do with their families to be physically active.
  • Promote your family challenge program by making posters and flyers and sending home parent information to encourage families to participate and to highlight the benefits of physical activity and family participation.

Everyone Can:

  • Help set up monthly challenge calendars
  • Organize and distribute the flyers, calendars and other promotional materials
  • Set up a bulletin board in their classroom or near the main office or cafeteria to highlight participation
  • Encourage their friends and classmates to participate
  • Keep It Going:

    • Record participation and make physical activity a family focus throughout the year!
We held our very first Helotes Community Health Fair. We had 17 vendors/booths who participated for the nutritional/wellness part. I turned my gym into 20 fitness areas and together with their families students went through the stations. We also had our teachers making smoothies, handing out nutrition bars/cheese sticks and yogurt. Our students took the FuelUptoPlay60 pledge and signed a big poster which is now hanging in our gym for everyone to see.
Our favorite Physical Activity Play was our Triple Crown Event. It consisted of 3 runs, students and families can choose a 1 mile fun run/walk or the 5K. One race is sponsored by St. Joseph Berea Hospital, one is sponsored by Patty A. Clay Hospital and the other is sponsored by our school system. We started our walking and running program in September in PE. We challenged our families to participate in all three running events. Our total participation was over 500! We had 30 students who ran in all three events who will receive awards for the Triple Crown!


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