Schools get monetary awards to implement healthy initiatives
Rush High School
Healthy Initiatives at Rush have affected over 500 students and nearly 50 staff. Not only have these used resources from the Campaign for Healthier Schools, but they have leveraged additional funding through the national Fuel up to Play 60 program. The physical education teachers have invested time and the campaign has provided resources to build momentum among the students. Rush is an exemplary High School that is taking many steps to get healthy and be physically active.
Teachers and students promote healthy foods and physical activity in their schools
The Happy Feet walking club has made Mitchell’s students more active, reminded them that walking is a lifelong healthy activity (and a great way to get around), and given them essential tips for eating healthy which they can bring back to their families. Through the enhanced Safe Routes Philly lessons, Mitchell’s students can make safer choices while exercising on two feet or two wheels.
Wister has become an exemplar for the Philadelphia Campaign for Healthier Schools. With its no junk food policy firmly in place since the start of the 2010-2011 school year, Wister's focus in year two is in maintaining the positive momentum, family and community outreach, and staff education and wellness. Wister is a healthy school. When there is an event, they automatically consider how to make it “healthy.” Youth and Adult Wellness Councils are active and engaged, no junk foods are sold, and teachers conduct movement breaks in classrooms. Wister has been awarded 30 apple badges for its accomplishments.
Schools adopt Safe Routes Philly’s walking and cycling safety lessons
Prince Hall Elementary
A total of six bicycle racks were installed at the entrance of Prince Hall in the summer of 2011. Additionally, Safe Routes Philly provided the school with updated program materials (90 activity books each for 2nd grade and 5th grade). Teachers implemented both the classroom and simulation portions of the bicycle and pedestrian safety lessons in December of 2011. Safe Routes Philly is also working with the school to hold a bicycle rodeo at Prince Hall this spring.
In fall of 2010, Sharswood held a Get Fit Day, co-planned with Safe Routes Philly. All classrooms were provided with materials to talk about safer walking and biking. The school also planned a neighborhood walk. Chris Burba, Sharswood’s PE teacher, taught the Safe Routes Philly
pedestrian and bicycling safety lessons in the
2010-11 school year and is doing so again in 2011-12.
Schools are getting physical!
GAMP’s younger students now have a head start on bicycle safety and encouragement from their older peers to ride more and more safely. Additional support for students riding to school will be provided when the School District’s Facilities Department installs six bicycle parking racks at the school this spring.
In March of 2011, five bicycle racks were installed. Lingelbach signed up to be a Safe Routes Philly target school. We will collect data from its 5th grade students and provide additional programming and attention. Teachers have received Safe Routes Philly’s 2012 activity books and are already implementing the lessons. Lingelbach will have a bicycle rodeo (skill-building obstacle course) in Spring of 2012 as well as a Walk to School Day event. Both events
will encourage students to walk and bike and put two years
(2010-2012) of bicycle and pedestrian safety lessons into use.
With the support and access to resources provided by the Campaign for Healthier Schools, Lingelbach has taken their wellness initiatives to the next level. Additional equipment has been purchased so that events can include simultaneous classrooms, ultimately reaching a greater number of students. For example, the school now has enough basketballs for two classrooms as well as an electronic basketball hoop, making it possible for more than 60 students to participate in Hoops for Heart, a fundraiser sponsored by the American Heart Association, at a time. This allows for a more exciting and time-efficient event.