Mt. Caesar School “Champions” 5-2-1-0!
By Healthiest Community Champion School, Mt. Caesar School
As one of the four pilot schools in Cheshire County participating in the comprehensive 5-2-1-0 Healthiest Schools Program by Organizational Champions, Advocates for Healthy Youth coalition, Mt. Caesar kicked off their school year with a 5-2-1-0 assembly to energize their students and staff to embrace the 5-2-1-0 message (5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, at least one hour of physical activity, and zero sugary drinks). As part of the program, each school chooses 3 activities around the 5-2-1-0 message to “Champion” in the 2012-2013 school year. Champion art teacher, Judy Lundahl, shared this story with us about how Mt. Caesar is “championing” the message of 5-2-1-0.
“We had a short 5-2-1-0 assembly this morning for all our K-2 kids where we sang the school song and did a 5-2-1-0 cheer while explaining the message of 5-2-1-0. All of our staff explained a bit about keeping track of each number of the message. It was a great event, both short and sweet, for a kick off event at the beginning of the school year.”
“The most amazing thing, however, happened at my first grade lunch duty. I mentioned 5-2-1-0 again to the kids, and reminded them that every time they ate their fruits and vegetables, they would be able to color in a block on their recording sheet. For the first time this year, I saw more than half of the kids eat and finish their salads. The children also worked on eating and finishing their apples. Usually most of these things are tossed out! I was amazed........”
“I later passed out the teacher survey, as part of the pilot program, and got most of them back at the staff meeting where I talked about our plans for the pilot here at Mt Caesar. We will be collecting the students’ weekly recording sheets, collecting the data, figuring out the class average, and posting the results in a bar graph in the school, maybe the cafeteria or a hallway close to the cafe. We have also challenged the teachers to “play” along and hopefully will get great results as well! We will do another short teaching session in each class next week, pass out a parent handout and then start recording the week of the 15th.”
-Champion, Judy Lundahl