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Staying Fit and Eating Healthy

Lincoln ESLincoln Elementary School (Rexburg, ID). Lincoln Elementary emphasizes physical education, nutrition, and exercise/fitness of students every day. Every class participates in weekly P.E. where students build hand-eye coordination, concentration, body awareness, endurance, and strength. Through an initial grant from Fuel Up to Play 60, Lincoln implements a nutrition and fitness curriculum and activities. Within a yearlong theme, students participate in monthly nutrition lessons. To promote healthy lifestyle choices, the school used other grants to purchase snacks, smoothie blenders, sports gear, and playground equipment. Students enjoy a snack during their nutrition lesson and receive a smoothie the following week. In addition, parent volunteers track the distance participants walk and run at recess. The school purchased a scanner, through a grant, where teachers, parents, and students scan badges to record their miles. Lincoln provides incentives for students at each milestone and a party for meeting preliminary requirements. Each year, a shoe company provides four pairs of shoes to award students with the most accumulated miles. Because of the success at Lincoln, the district has extended the program to other schools.

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