Schools Earn Healthy Together Awards

Schools Earn Healthy Together Awards
Posted on 01/06/2020
Two Burke County schools received recognition from the 5210 Healthy Together program sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.

Salem Elementary School earned a Silver award and George Hildebrand Elementary School earned a Bronze and have banners proclaiming the award.

“5-2-1-0 encourages kids to eat 5 handfuls of fruits and vegetables per day, limit recreational screen time to 2 hours or less, get 1 hour of exercise or play each day, and drink 0 sugary drinks,” said Aubrey B. Murphy, 5210 coordinator and wellness coach at CHS Blue Ridge. “The program is reaching more than 5,300 kids in Burke County and is aimed at fourth-graders.”

Salem Elementary earned its recognition for last year’s efforts to become healthier as a whole school not just the fourth-grade. Brian Lowman, the physical education teacher at Salem, set a goal for the students to become more physically active during the school day. The teachers implemented this goal by providing a five-minute activity break, called “brain breaks,” per day during their classes.
  
George Hildebrand earned recognition by setting a goal to also have more “brain break” activities in the classrooms. Teachers were able to use things such as “energizers” or “GoNoodle” for their breaks during class time. They also set a goal to bring/offer healthier snack options for celebrations with teachers sending home healthy food sign-ups.
  
Meghan Armour-Steele, physical education teacher, asked her co-workers to let the students “Go Unplugged for Recess” on rainy days when students couldn’t go outside. She also sent home a list of “unplugged” activities for families to do over the summer.
  
More than 24,000 students from 45 schools in North and South Carolina participate in the Healthy Together program. In Burke County, 13 elementary schools participated in the 5210 program for 2018-19.

“I worked with the P.E. teachers at each school which I visited five times throughout the year,” Murphy said. “We want to improve the environment within local schools though offering classroom activity ideas, resources, and tools for teachers and administrators to get their students eating, moving, and learning in a healthier way.”
  
Participating schools are Drexel, George Hildebrand, Glen Alpine, Hildebrand, Hillcrest, Icard, Mountain View, Mull, Oak Hill, Ray Childers, Salem, Valdese, and W.A. Young Elementary.
   
“We encourage staff to take an active role in creating healthy learning environments and to help students learn that the healthy choice is the easy choice,” Murphy said. “This is only the beginning for the 5210 Healthy Together program recognition for Burke County and we cannot wait to see what goals are met for the 2019-20 year.”
 Silver Award Winners Bronze Award Winners 
Displaying Salem’s Silver Award banner are, from left, Brain Lowman, PE teacher; Aubrey Murphy, 5210 coordinator at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge; and Principal Ginger Stinson. Displaying George Hildebrand’s banner for its Bronze Award are, from left, Meghan Armour-Steele, PE teacher; Aubrey Murphy, 5210 coordinator at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge; and Principal Erin Wall. 

Photos courtesy of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge
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