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Colonial Hills Elementary School Wins National Healthy Schools Silver Award

Once a week at Colonial Hills Elementary School, a council comprised of third, fourth and fifth-graders meets to discuss ideas for building a healthier school environment. Their enthusiasm for health and wellness has spread throughout the school, helping to get all students and staff involved. The school’s morning announcements include a movement break and healthy eating tips. After school, many students boost their physical activity by participating in basketball, soccer and volleyball programs. Staff also increased their minutes of physical activity by participating in pedometer challenges, volleyball games and walk-a-thons. The entire community came together for the school’s first annual health and fitness fair, organized by the council members. To encourage healthy eating, the school established a grab-and-go breakfast cart and aligned all foods sold outside the school meals program with the USDA Smart Snacks in School standards. “A healthy school environment promotes innovation, inquiry and risk-taking,” said Terri Pitts, physical education teacher. She added, “The Healthy Schools Program helped us to assess where we needed improvement.”