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Students at three elementary schools are on the move this year
Students at three elementary schools are on the move this year
Posted on 09/17/2019
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Three UCS elementary schools are making sure the new school year will be an active one for their students.

The schools have been selected to participate in the “Building Healthy Communities” program, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

The Step Up to Wellness program, which is being implemented at Roberts, Plumbrook and Havel elementary schools, promotes healthy habits in ways that have tied greater social and emotional support to academic achievement.

The program has been implemented in more than 260 elementary schools over the past nine years. The goals are simple:

-Educate students through classroom lessons
 -Create an environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice
 -Encourage students to practice lessons learned in the classroom
 -Provide opportunities for physical activity
-Improve access to healthy food and beverages

According to a 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, 32.6 percent of children in Michigan are overweight, and less than 27 percent of children meet the recommended amount of daily physical activities.

The program has six key elements: principal engagement, classroom education on healthy eating and physical activity, physical education, active recess, student leadership terms, and healthy kids’ clubs.

A coordinator through Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been assigned to each of the schools to work with staff on further building healthy habits in students. The program also provides grants to support the purchase of supplies to support physical education and play at the schools.