By Nicole Caputo
A movement grows through participation, passion and energy. This movement – the Healthy Kids Club Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge–started with one northern Colorado school district. Ten years later, it has grown to seven school districts from Brighton to Walden encompassing 84 elementary schools and thousands of students, staff and family members.
Each February, northern Colorado elementary schools make a pledge to be active and eat healthy by adopting 5210 to their daily routine. The Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge, a University of Colorado Health program, asks all participants to track healthy habits through 5210.
Each day participants need to:
- Eat five servings of fruits and veggies.
- Limit recreational screen time to less than two hours.
- Be active for at least one hour.
- Drink zero sugary drinks.
Up to $1,500 in prize money is awarded to schools with the highest percentage of participants and 23 winners are announced in three different categories, large school, small school and Weld-area schools. All prize money is used toward P.E. equipment or wellness initiatives.
Last year, Healthy Kids Club added a video challenge. Each school had the opportunity to create a video that showcases active, healthy learning. The top three videos were chosen by the community with over 3,500 votes. Video challenge winners are also awarded prize money.
The videos showcase the dedication and excitement these schools have for wellness and many of the videos are produced by the kids, said Laurie Zenner, manager, University of Colorado Health Healthy Kids Club. “It [the video challenge] is a creative way for participants to highlight ‘wellness in action’ at their schools and we hope the videos will inspire others to 5210,” said Zenner.
All participating schools have innovative ways to get kids and staff motivated throughout the month, such as individual challenges and classroom games.
At B.F. Kitchen in Loveland, the school secretary keeps everyone on their toes by tracking down staff and teachers to make sure logs are being filled out. They also had a daily challenge announced each morning to keep the students excited.
“The Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge has provided conversations and connections about healthy habits with families. The 5210 language becomes common during the month; it’s a new energy that is building positive momentum for this generation,” said Kristin Quere, B.F. Kitchen physical education teacher.
UCHealth’s Healthy Kids Club has been teaching kids healthy habits for 16 years. “Healthy kids learn better. It’s that simple. Each year, we see more participants and more creative approaches to teaching 5210,” said Zenner.
The Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge is a movement powered by pure energy and passion. Everyone can adopt 5210 to their daily routine. Join the movement.
Nicole Caputo is a marketing strategist for University of Colorado Health in northern Colorado.