As Quail Run Elementary School continues its Fitness for Life program, actors from the Phoenix Theater came to perform a play to the fourth and fifth graders about making good decisions.
The school has four “wellness weeks” where the school focuses each day during those weeks on nutrition.
Last week, the school tried different colored apples and then voted on which one they liked the best. Offering similar games and activities encourages the students to try new vegetables and fruits.
Students at the school have also made school-wide banners and participated in assemblies with songs and dance. At times, staff members have shown their support by wearing costumes of fruits and vegetables.
This week, the Phoenix Theater brought down its play Empower Pack, which is produced in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Heath Services. The play focused on empowering children to make good decisions with regard to nutrition, physical activity and avoiding tobacco.
The school also pays attention to the students’ physical activity during its wellness weeks.
“We provide equipment to be actively involved with recess,” said school counsoler Anita Vadis. “We call it organized recess.”
The Pima County Heath Department received a grant for $16 million from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program. The health department partnered with the University of Arizona who then works with the schools.
The intent of the grant is to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in Pima County by ensuring that residents have affordable access to safe, high-quality parks and recreation facilities.
The grant also is designed so residents have improved access to affordable, healthy, locally produced food through community gardens, farmers markets, and food cooperatives.
Schools serve as centers of wellness for students, staff, and the surrounding neighborhoods.