action for healthy kids logoWell-being initiatives at Crest View Elementary and Fair Oaks Elementary received a boost this school year thanks to $1,000 “Game On” grants from Action for Healthy Kids.

Made possible by funding from Cargill and Saputo, respectively, Crest View and Fair Oaks will use their Game On grants to promote nutrition, physical education and physical activity to ensure all students are healthy, active and ready to learn.

At Crest View, Physical Education Teacher Stacey Nelson said she used the $1,000 grant to purchase a set of pedometers that track students’ steps, active minutes, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each class period.

“Each day, [students in] grades 3-5 put on their pedometers during phy ed class,” Nelson added. “At the end of the class, I use a program that records how many steps they took, how active they were, and how moderate-to-vigorous active they were in that 30-minute time period. My goal is to increase their moderate-to-vigorous activity time from the beginning of the year.”

Crest View and Fair Oaks are among 43 schools statewide to receive Game On grants this year. Fair Oaks has been awarded a Game On grant each of the past three years.

Since 2009, Action for Healthy Kids has provided $7.7 million in grants to help schools accomplish their student wellness goals. Learn more