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Program Recognizes CO Schools Creating a Culture of Health

Photo: Students at Skyview Middle School in Colorado Springs participate in PE. Courtesy: Anthony Marino
Photo: Students at Skyview Middle School in Colorado Springs participate in PE. Courtesy: Anthony Marino
November 26, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - This week the temptations of turkey and pumpkin pie will make it tough for many Coloradans to keep their healthy eating resolve intact, but a statewide program seeks to recognize public schools that are working year-round to make healthy lifestyles a part of their school culture. The Colorado Legacy Foundation is looking for the 2014 Healthy School Champions. The organization recognizes schools that employ a coordinated school-wide effort to educate their pupils about healthy living.

Skyview Middle School in Colorado Springs was a 2013 winner. PE teacher Tony Marino explained why he thinks it's so important.

"I'm just trying to do my job to get these kids physically active for a lifetime, so they can learn something here in PE and apply it outside of school," he said.

This is the fourth year of the Healthy School Champions program. So far, a total of $121,000 has been awarded. Participating schools also receive scorecards that encourage them to maintain the programs throughout the year through a coordinated effort.

The Gunnison School District has been recognized as a "healthy champion" for the past three years. According to District school nurse Dawn Helman, the difference is visible from the moment you enter one of their schools.

"I mean, if you could walk in the doors of our school, there's music playing, there are all kinds of physical activities, there's plants and flowers everywhere, the artist of the week is up, the kids are walking around, the food is great," as she described the scene there.

Marino said incorporating healthy living practices in all aspects of the school day gives kids something they can use throughout their lives.

"Research shows and data shows that physical activity promotes learning and better behavior, and if you can tie in fitness and physical activity into a student's daily routine, it's only going to benefit them," the PE teacher declared.

This year, more than $42,000 is available to schools that qualify for a "Seed Money Award," which helps fund a program staff believes will improve the health of their pupils. The Healthy Champions program also encourages schools to focus on the mental health of their pupils when appropriate.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - CO