At KIPP-DC Heights Academy in Washington, DC, students don’t take physical activity for granted. That’s because it was only recently that Heights Academy was able to have access to a gymnasium at all. Previously, gym classes took place in the cafeteria.
When it comes to participating in a physical activity challenge, most people imagine kids running, biking, playing games, or participating in sports. But for students with disabilities, the benefits and rewards of being physically active are just as great.
Congratulations to the schools that banked a little extra credit heading into the summer with the Share Your Story, PeopleForBikes and Let's Move Active Schools awards!
Maryland, Oregon, SW Washington, Virginia, and Washington DC winners have been announced. Thank you for joining thousands of students, families and school staff across the country in firing up your school for physical activity during the Fire Up Your Feet Spring 2016 Activity Challenge.
The Fire Up Your Feet Challenge helped Beryl Heights Elementary School in California increase each student's physical activity to more than 60 minutes a day!
From Peiffer Elementary School- Sometimes a little step can lead to bigger changes, and this spring I watched a fourth grader take that first step towards a healthier school. Starting with his own classroom, he got all his classmates to sign a petition for a classroom policy change regarding recess.
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Metro Atlanta, and Southern Nevada winners have been announced. Thank you for joining thousands of students, families and school staff across the country in firing up your school for physical activity during the Fire Up Your Feet Spring 2016 Activity Challenge.
Win cash funding for your school's health and wellness needs (perhaps new PE equipment, a bike rack, incentives for Bike to School Day?) have fun, and increase physical activity with the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge. Getting started in the Springl Activity Challenge is fun and easy if you follow these 4 simple steps.
Get Fired Up About Spreading The Word!Now is the time to start getting your schools, students, parents, and community fired up about Fire Up Your Feet. Final awards are based on participation, this means the more participants your school has logging activity, the better your chances are for winning. Here are a few things you can do to help get others moving to sign up and participate in your spring challenge.
Interested in starting a Marathon Kids run club? There is still time for a chance to win 10 FREE Marathon Kids participant spots! Take the first step, sign up for Active Schools Fundraising.
Fire Up your Feet is coming to your school this spring. We want to make sure you are ready to jump into your favorite activities and earn cash awards for your school at the same time. These tips on tracking activity will help you make the most of your time online so you can spend more time outside being active! One activity tracker does it all, parents, teachers, and coordinators can all use the same tracker.
Regardless of age, when we are active, we feel and perform better! Kids who are physically active arrive at school more ready to focus and learn in class. Schools and families across the country are eager to make changes to keep kids moving and active .
As PTA Co-President, Heather Harris is always on the lookout for opportunities to raise money. When she read that Fire Up Your Feet awards were available to help promote active students, she knew it was a great fit for the school.
As a school that values wellness, Elk Meadow Elementary has been a great fit for the Fire Up Your Feet program. “It has fired up not just our feet but, our entire body of wellness initiatives!” says Grant Mattox, the school’s P. E. teacher.
Bathgate Elementary School went all out for wellness and healthy living for this year’s Fire Up Your Feet Challenge.
We had a ball this fall! More students, families and schools than ever before got fired up for physical activity during the Fire Up Your Feet Fall 2015 Activity Challenge.
Follow these 5 simple steps to get tracking in the Fall Activity Challenge. What are you waiting for...get started today!
Southern California, LA USD schools receive personalized (hands-on) planning and logistics support, and a complementary banner and stickers for a successful Walk to School Day event.
Weekly chats begin Wednesday September 30th! Log-in from your computer or call-in to our 30-minute Wednesday Challenge Chats to get support and share and chat all things Fire Up Your Feet.
Congratulations to Lafayette Elementary on winning a $5,000 Northern California First Place Award during the 2015 Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge.
Young Oak Kim Academy in Los Angeles provides a perfect picture of how a vision of a healthy school can be realized through the collaboration of a passionate school team and the synergy of supporting organizations.
At KIPPDC-Heights Academy, the challenge of having limited space was no match for students' enthusiasm to rally around physical activity and take home the 1st Place Award this spring.
Congratulations to the schools who banked a little extra credit heading into the summer with the PeopleForBikes and Let’s Move! Active Schools awards.
What a spring! More students, families and schools than ever before got fired up for physical activity during the Fire Up Your Feet Spring 2015 Activity Challenge.
Congratulations to the regional Spring Challenge first breakout award winners: Hawaii, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Metro Atlanta, Virginia, Maryland, DC and New Hampshire!
The school year may be winding down but before we know it we'll be back at school and gearing up for the Fall Activity Challenge. Why not register now...
Students, families and school staff at 146 schools in California recently participated in the Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge, competing to win awards to support school physical activity and wellness programs.
It all started when Malabon Elementary School parent Norene Walters’ bike was stolen from the school last September. Norene, used to staying active by biking in every morning with her three children, could have used the incident as an excuse to stop riding. Instead, she used it as motivation to get more kids and families on bikes.
Chinook Trail Elementary School was also recognized because they took first place in the Kaiser Permanente 2014 "Fire Up Your Feet Challenge."
Students at Riverside Elementary School love a good challenge. Last year the school launched an effort to increase physical activity before, during and after school as part of the Wisconsin Fire Up Your Feet Challenge.
Thousands of students, families and school staff at more than 24 schools in Hawaii recently participated in the semiannual Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge, tracking more than 1,481,690 minutes of physical activity — walking, biking, jogging, surfing and more — over the course of one month. Kaiser Permanente awarded a combined total of $7,000 to 10 active schools on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, which will go toward supporting physical activity and wellness programs at their schools.
The Atlanta area's Morrow Elementary Coordinator and Students Take Home First Place Award , showing just how easy it is to track offline and for groups of students.
Chinook Trail Elementary in Academy School District 20 won the top prize of $2,150 in the Kaiser Permanente Fire Up Your Feet Fall Challenge. More than 5,400 students, family members, school staff and teachers at 135 schools across Colorado participated to win monetary awards to support physical activity and wellness programs before, during and after school.
Taylor Road Middle School in Johns Creek was one of 18 schools across metro Atlanta where students, families and staff recently participated in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge. The schools competed to win money to support physical activity and wellness programs at their respective institutions.
When adding students (individuals) to multiple groups, the opportunity for “double tracking” increases if a coordinator is not aware of how to manage this process.
More than 120 schools across Colorado are hoping to take advantage of the results of a new study which shows that students who engage in physical activity learn better. Kaiser Permanente Colorado launched a challenge to those schools called “Fire Up Your Feet.” Slavens K-8 School in Denver is one of those schools.
Walking plays a central role in our lives, from our first tiny baby steps, to the seemingly huge “steps” we take to become adults. Walking to school helps us master the art of walking, giving parents a chance to spend quality time with children, helping reinforce the rules of the road, and creating a fun opportunity for kids to explore their world.
Aleksander Academy is a small school located in Alpharetta, Georgia, that serves students with autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities. As a school that specializes in students with learning differences and special needs, Aleksander Academy is well aware of the benefit that their students receive from physical activity. However, the school’s location in an office park presents challenges when it comes to giving students access to outdoor spaces to play and be active.
As your students pack their bags with new pencils, erasers and notebooks to get ready to head back to school this fall, remember that physical activity is equally essential to learning. Research shows that daily physical activity enhances brain performance and improves learning, yet only 4 percent of elementary schools and 8 percent of middle schools provide daily physical activity for students.
Soy madre de familia voluntaria de la escuela Sunset Elementary en San Ysidro, CA ademas coordinadora del programa Walk to school que realizamos cada mañana en conjunto con otros padres voluntarios.
Riverside Elementary School participated in the Spring Fire Up Your Feet Challenge, an activity that was open to all K-8 schools in the state of Wisconsin. It involved Riverside families, students and staff tracking activity in and outside of school from May 1 to May 31.
Thousands of students, families and school staff at more than 64 schools in Hawaii recently participated in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge, competing to win awards to support physical activity and wellness programs at their schools. In Hawaii participants tracked more than 3,063,055 minutes of activity by walking, biking, and surfing, among other activities.
More than 700 Ahwahnee Middle School students cheered after learning their school will receive $1,000 from Kaiser Permanente for physical education programs.
For Max and Mikey, twin brothers and third graders at Ka’elepulu Elementary in Kailua, Hawaii, staying active is an important part of their family’s lifestyle. The boys enjoy running with their parents and taking hikes on Hawaii’s lava fields. When their family decided to participate in Fire Up Your Feet, the boys discovered the fun in keeping track of their activity throughout the month – and using it to motivate each other and their parents to find more ways to be active together.
One of the fun things about starting down the path to school wellness is that each step leads you to new discoveries and ideas for creating a healthy, active school. For Iris Hix, a parent at Northmont Elementary School in La Mesa, CA (outside of San Diego), it all started when she learned about her school receiving a Safe Routes to School grant about a year ago. Soon after, Iris and her family got involved with a weekly walk to school each Friday, with students and families meeting at a nearby park and picking up other walkers along the route.
Thanks to the energy and momentum from the Fire Up Your Feet program, we wrapped up 2013 by celebrating some significant accomplishments. We are proud to have more than tripled the number of participating schools between the spring and fall Fire Up Your Feet campaigns – and we couldn’t have done it without you!
Almost 700 students, parents and staff from Lakeside Middle School ran a 1.25-mile Red Ribbon Run to help the school to earn the top spot in Orange County's 2013 Fire Up Your Feet challenge.
This fall, families and schools across the country joined in the Fire Up Your Feet activity challenge, a program designed to encourage students, families, and school staff to walk, bike, and get physical activity in daily life. Together, students, families and school staff at more than 400 schools logged a collective 2.9 million minutes of activity!
Enjoy photos recently taken at Stoneleigh Elementary in Baltimore, MD.
Olson Elementary Principal Paul Meyer takes it "to the roof", literaly, when motivating his students to get involved in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge! Read more about how this good-natured principal gets winning results.
Getting families Fired Up at Hosford Middle School takes Creativity, Cross-promotion and Commitment.
This October, students, parents and community members across the country are fired up for walking, bicycling, and finding ways to stay physically active together - because active kids do better.
This year marks the 17th U.S. Walk to School Day. 17 years! Wow. It occurs to me that some of the kids who took part in that first Walk to School Day event in Chicago in 1997 are now in their late-20s. They may be moms and dads themselves, maybe even planning a Walk to School Day event for their own young children on October 9th. Wow again.
Whether you're training for a marathon, learning the ropes of parenthood, or getting the latest stats about your favorite athletes or sports team, today's technology enables us to track more information than ever before.
Looking back, I never would have imagined that many of the recreational activities I participated in and enjoyed, especially walking and bicycling to school, climbing ropes in PE, hiking to the local nature center, and playing games at recess, would impact my life so significantly.
This spring, families and schools across the country joined in the Fire Up Your Feet activity challenge, a program designed to encourage students, families, and school staff to walk, bike, and get physical activity in daily life. Together, families and schools logged a collective 292,400 minutes of activity and more than 7,000 miles. WAY TO GO!
I was 12 years old and it started out as just another spring weekend with my Dad in New York City in the 1980s.My Dad was a bike commuter and he decided that it was time to take me on a ride.
First Lady Michelle Obama today launched Let’s Move! Active Schools – an unprecedented collaboration to bring physical activity back to America’s schools. The program provides simple steps and tools to help schools create active environments where students get 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day.
As an Angeleno who grew up in a barrio of Southern California, I am excited to be a part of a committed team working with dedicated sponsors and partners that are bringing healthy resources to lower income schools and communities. The reach of Fire Up Your Feet is huge – broad and universal across the nation, regardless of zip code.
We could not be more excited – and yes, fired up – to be getting started with a new, national Fire Up Your Feet program. Fire Up Your Feet encourages families, students and schools to work together and create active lifestyles which inspire all children to be healthy and physically active.
Here's an example of how to embed a tweet in a blog post or web page:Breaking news! Olympic gymnast and Let's Move supporter Dominique Dawes just followed @SafeRoutesNow on Twitter.
At Cypress Elementary School in Redding, California, the walking school bus picks kids up every day of the week! As the Redding Record Searchlight reports, the walking school bus follows a 3/4 mile route to school, and has about 15 to 20 kids participating on a typical day. The record number is 28 students in a day.
A new study shows that fewer kids were injured during early morning and after school hours once new traffic lights, pedestrian signals and speed bumps were put around New York City schools. As Reuters reports, injuries declined by 44% from 2001 to 2010 among school-age pedestrians at the schools where safety improvements were made.
As the New York Times reports, a recent study from the journal Pediatrics shows that parents who bully their kids about weight may be doing more harm than good. In a study that asked 350 kids who had attended weight loss camps about their experiences being bullied because of their weight, 37% reported feeling bullied by their parents.
When nine-year-old Breanna Bonds reached 186 pounds, her family knew it was time to make a change. Their new exercise routine started off simply, with walks on the 4 mile trail near their home. In less than a year, Breanna lost 66 pounds.