Live Healthy Iowa announced mid-March the current school rankings for the K-12 Cup Challenge, and among the top seven schools, Grundy Center Schools was listed in third place. Schools have yet to be ranked on their completion, which will determine the winning school across the state.
The K-12 Cup Challenge was created this year to help build a culture of wellness in schools across Iowa. The winning school will be the school, across the state, with the highest percentage of participation and completion among their students in the Live Healthy Iowa Kids and staff in the Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenges. The winning school will be awarded the traveling trophy for most of the 2013-14 school year; all schools who participated received a banner for display stating their participation in this challenge.
"This challenge says a lot about a school," said Lisa Weber, coordinator for Live Healthy Iowa. "It really showcases the school/districts strong commitment to the health and wellness of their staff, students and ultimately their community."
Pictured are some of the students in the Grundy Center Community School District that have participated in the Live Healthy Iowa K-12 Cup Challenge. Grundy Center is in third place in the contest slated to end April 22.
The obvious goals for both challenges, adult and youth, are to begin living healthier lifestyles. The adult challenge incorporates two different divisions, physical activity minutes and/or weight loss; teams had the choice of which division to join. The kids challenge focused on many aspects of nutrition and physical activity; the youth were asked to track fruits, vegetables, milk, water and screen time during two week time periods and then they were asked to track their physical activity minutes throughout the entire 10 weeks.
"The results are exactly as expected," Weber said, "youth are going home and asking their parents for more fruits, vegetables or whichever item they are tracking and in turn, families are starting to increase their consumption. It really turns into a giant ripple effect that started at the school and is now reaching the entire community."
Thus far, Grundy Center Schools have reported: 10,690 servings of fruit; 12,824 servings of vegetables; 40,470 ounces of milk; 107,840 ounces of water and 804,963 minutes of physical activity.
The winning school of the K-12 Cup Challenge will be announced the week of April 22 and they will be invited to join Live Healthy Iowa for a press conference at Capitol Rotunda. The winning school will also have the option to have a Weber present the trophy during a school assembly.