Active Schools Earn Awards in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge
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.
For some students, like third graders Max and Mikey Smith from Kailua, Hawaii, the benefits of being active were felt both inside and outside of the classroom.
“I like Fire Up Your Feet because it is fun to track my exercise and it helped me feel more awake during testing,” Mikey said. “It’s making us stronger and we have a fun time,” added Max.
At participating schools, parents, students and school staff kept track of their physical activity during the month long challenge using the Fire Up Your Feet online activity tracker. Schools could win awards in several categories, including most overall participation, highest weekly activity tracking numbers, most bike activity, and more. In Hawaii, the following awards were made:
- King Kaumualii Elementary, $1,350
- Maj. Gen. William R. Shafter Elementary, $1,200
- Kula Elementary, $1,000
- Mountain View Elementary, $1,000
- Wai`alae Elementary Public Charter School, $625
- Kaelepulu Elementary, $575
- Iliahi Elementary, $375
- Kainalu Elementary, $375
The next Activity Challenge will take place October 1-31 and is open to any K-8 public, private or charter school in Hawaii. Sign up at fireupyourfeet.org.
Fire Up Your Feet is an ongoing program. It was implemented as part of Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools in 2013. Through the Spring and Fall challenges, Kaiser Permanente and Safe Routes to School have awarded more than $13,800 to participating schools in Hawaii.