Remember back when P.E. class meant recess time? Getting away from the books for a game of hide-and-seek or Chinese freeze tag?
Well, times have changed. It turns out you can actually learn something about your health during a physical education class and the young students at Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School are doing just that.
"They are not just going out and running around. We have organized programs for our children through the P.E. department," said school nurse, Robin Hull. "It is all very organized, and hopefully, these are activities they will want to carry on into their community life."
The new exercise lessons are not the only healthy updates that have taken place at Northeast Elementary. It is now two and a half years into the implementation of a coordinated school health program.
NEE is a silver award winner in the HealthierUS School Challenge, a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
The school received a little under $200,000 for the purpose of improving the health and wellness of the students and staff.
Sugary soda is no longer available. Neither are vending machine snacks. The school now offers at least four choices of fresh fruit and vegetables for breakfast and lunch.
"We want to make sure our kids have the opportunity to make healthy choices," said principal, Teri Edwards. "I see that, as being the most significant change in our school that has been brought about by the result of this grant."