Mountain View Elementary School in Cobb County has cultivated a culture of physical activity, nutrition, health and wellness over the last school year. Not only has their school achieved new heights in providing physical activity for students and staff members, but they have also developed a philosophy of wellness on their campus.
During Mountain View’s 2016-17 school year, their physical education team met and exceeded Georgia’s standards for the S.H.A.P.E Act. In addition to the required Fitnessgram testing, students in grades one through three participated in Fitnessgram testing in the fall and spring, and parents received the results.
Many physical activity opportunities were made available to Mountain View students including participation in recess, brain breaks, field days, Jump Rope for Heart, National Walk to School Day along with six additional walk-to-school days, Adventure to Fitness (a curriculum-based adventure program that provides exercises to support classroom standards) and the daily “Morning Milers Walking program.”
“I like going to the track for Morning Milers, because you get to have exercise and talk with your friends,” said Chandler Mathis, student.
In providing physical opportunities for students, staff members have also had many wellness opportunities. During the past school year, they participated in scheduled fitness breaks during teacher workdays. The staff members also have a contest to encourage fitness and healthy eating during the spring months. These activities not only allow staff members to work on their own personal health and grow together as a group during the school year, but they also help create a role-model relationship with students.
“Having a healthy lifestyle is important for teachers and students, and it is crucial for schools to encourage healthy eating and physical activity,” said Sarah Brown, third-grade teacher. “The students truly enjoy the different activities and experiences they have at Mountain View, such as Morning Milers and getting to try new foods at lunch.”
Additional health and wellness activities at Mountain View include “Fresh Fruit Fridays” for staff members and students to bring in fruits for snacks, and “Wellness Wednesdays” where fresh fruit is given to every student in a rotating grade level each week. These events compliment the fresh fruits and vegetables that the school nutrition staff members provide in their serving line each day. The school’s wellness committee also created a program for their community to move in the morning with activities like “Dance with Dads” and “Move with Mom.”
Mountain View Physical Education Specialist Nancy Janas is very passionate about creating a culture of health and wellness at the school:
“Getting the students and staff members excited about moving and eating healthy foods is our goal every day. We have so many things in place for our community and stakeholders to get involved in. We make movement fun, and keep our focus on this, so students will want to participate!”
Mountain View has received many awards for their efforts to create a culture of health and wellness. The physical education teacher was chosen as one of 10 teacher-administrators to receive the Atlanta Families Excellence in Education Award, as well as the National Coordinator of the Year Award for Jump Rope for Heart from SHAPE America. The school was also the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit Friendly School Award for the fourth consecutive year.
To learn more about Mountain View Elementary School, visit their website at http://www.cobbk12.org/mtview/