October 13, 2017

Super Specials Clubs

By Carrie Partain, Coy Miller Elementary, Frisco ISD

This year Miller Elementary School is offering a new program we call Super Specials Clubs! Super Specials Clubs is an opportunity for the AMP (art, music, pe) Team to provide extensions and enrichment to our students. Each area has developed a plan to incorporate activities where students will gain additional skills and knowledge that will facilitate whole child growth. Some of the clubs we designed based on student responses are Miller Movers (dance team), Jammin' Jumpers (jump rope club), Play 60 Challenge Team (fitness and... Read more

September 26, 2017

Healthy Morning Announcements

By Carma Cameron, Akin Elementary, Wylie ISD

We at Akin are making an effort to encourage healthy choices and with that we are using our students to push the cause. Every Tuesday will be Tasty Tuesday, and on that morning the students who film our morning announcements will share a healthy nutritional choice. I am hoping that we will get videos, recipes, and examples from the students as we move forward. This is an example of our first Tasty Tuesday Announcements.

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April 24, 2017

Building Relationships from the Ground Up!

By Marcie Adame, Pathfinder Achievement Center, Garland ISD

Our mission at Pathfinder Achievement Center is to "Build Relationships." Because most of our students come to us in a state of "Fight or Flight," they have a difficult time connecting with peers and adults. At least 90% of our students are under Child Protection Services (CPS) and waiting for a permanent residence. They struggle with appropriate social behavior, anxiety, anger, and isolation.

As an advocate for community health and wellness, I am always exploring new ways to introduce individuals to activities... Read more

March 23, 2017

Fear Factor - Will you try it?

By: Adrienne Hergert, Billie Stevenson Elementary, Rockwall ISD

Billie Stevenson has been a Healthy Zone School for three years now. The beginning of our journey was the second year our campus was open. As a new school the students and I took creating a healthy environment very serious. The students and I felt like food education was going to be a key part in sustaining the healthy environment over a long period of time. With food education as our focus, Fear Factor was born.

First, our Youth Advisory Council began discussing how we could introduce new foods to students to... Read more

February 20, 2017

Making Fitness Fun and Convenient

By: Jason Weir, Ogle Elementary, Frisco ISD

As a new Healthy Zone School-In Training, it was important for us to help provide our teachers with opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle. We found one consistent factor was holding our teachers back from exercising on a regular basis. Our teachers had the will and the desire to exercise but often struggled to find a time in their schedules to consistently exercise due to the strenuous demands of work and outside life activities. Knowing this information, our wellness team collaborated on how we could address this issue... Read more

January 30, 2017

Let’s Get Moving

By Cheryl Derrington, Northwood Hills Elementary, Richardson ISD

As a new Healthy Zone School in Training, we used January 4, 2017 as our kick-off to a healthy new year with the theme “Let’s Get Moving!” Our activities on this date included “Wake Up and Walk Wednesday,” Zumba classes throughout the day, and a healthy lunch for our staff. Our goal this year is for both our staff members and our students to get moving and get healthy by increasing their healthy choices and activity level with friends in a fun, relaxed, environment.

We started the day with “Wake Up and Walk... Read more

December 19, 2016

4th Annual Health Fair & Jam the Gym Night

By Beverly Wardwell, Lister Elementary, Garland ISD

The 4 th Annual Health Fair and Jam the Gym Night at Lister Elementary in Garland was held on Thursday, November 17. This event combines fun activities for parents to do with their children as well as opportunities for families to become aware of health resources in the community. Our hope is that families will have an increased awareness of activities that they can do at home as well as opportunities in their community/school for physical activities that are family focused. In addition, knowledge of nutrition will... Read more

November 29, 2016

Staff Volleyball Tournament

By Joey Cobb, Meadows Elementary, Plano ISD

The Meadows Elementary Staff Volleyball Tournament was created as a staff building activity to help improve and create awareness for staff health and wellness. The tournament is mandatory for all staff to participate in either as a player or a cheerleader. All staff signs up for a team consisting of eight players and eight cheerleaders and are assigned a color. The staff really goes all out with their team color by making uniforms and the staff signed up to cheer for the team comes up with cheers and a cute outfit with pom... Read more

November 10, 2016

Fall Field Day

By Jenny Nations, Ditto Elementary, Arlington ISD

This year’s goal for our fall field day was to create a school wide celebration of fitness. We used 20 different stations featuring our new equipment to reinforce the skills learned in class. Students traveled in small groups around to each station led by student leaders from our 5 th and 6 th grades. Each grade level (K-6) had a designated time to participate in these events. Total students participating was approximately 750. We invited parents to come enjoy watching their child participate. In previous years, we have had... Read more

October 6, 2016


By Anthony Attanasio, Nichols Elementary, Frisco ISD

We had a great opportunity to have Brandon Carr Defensive Back for the Dallas Cowboys and Rowdy the Dallas Cowboys mascot come to Nichols Elementary to kick off the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at our school. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program encourages youth to combine a diet of nutrient-rich foods with 60-minutes of activity every day. The American Heart Association recommends children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. We promote the students to get 30 minutes of activity a day here at school and encourage them... Read more

September 12, 2016

Sigler Chefs!

By Stacey Nichols, Sigler Elementary, Plano ISD

Sigler Chefs is an after school cooking club. Our school decided to offer the class to 3 rd grade students. Each teacher chose 4 students from her class and asked the child if they wanted to participate. (Permission slips were signed, of course!) We had 16 students in the class this spring. We prepared healthy snacks in the school lounge. We focused on fruit, vegetables, whole grains and proteins. What do our students learn during cooking class? Sequencing, following directions, math skills (fractions, doubling recipes), reading, how... Read more