A Challenge + A Pedometer = Healthy Motivated Kids

This past week I spent some time in STAR DEN member Kathleen Te’s class. I was amazed when I discovered that all of her students were wearing pedometers! Why? Because they are involved in the 2007 CA Governor’s Challenge Competition among all k-12 schools in the state to help get California students healthy and fit! Basically students agree to to be physically active 3 days a week for 30-60 minutes each of those days for 4 weeks. If 100 students at her school participate and fulfill the requirements they will be entered to win a $1000 brand new fitness center. Here’s what Kathleen had to say…

"While it would be outstanding to win the fitness center, my students are showing me that they understand the importance of being active. They demonstrate this through their great enthusiasm for just having the opportunity to use a pedometer to measure their daily steps and challenging themselves and each other to stay healthy. They’re motivating me and showing me that if they can do it, so can I!"

Hundreds of students from all over California have signed up. Check out www.cagovcouncil.org and see the race in progress.

So what are there similiar challenges in your states?  What you doing to help motivate students to be healthy and fit? For additional ideas check out this CA Blog Post


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