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Healthy Habits Poster Contest at Davis Drive Elementary

Written by Karen Mickle, NBCT, P.E. Teacher, Davis Drive Elementary
Editor’s Note: Davis Drive Elem. earned a Silver award for the 2013 AHA Brains and Bodies Awards.

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One of the first-prize winners in the DDE Healthy Habits Poster Contest.

This year, our wellness team decided to do something easy and fun that would have a great impact on the entire school: a poster contest.  We planned it for February with a theme of “Healthy Habits for a New Year.” 

We sent a half-page flier home with each student containing criteria for poster making and how the posters would be judged.  Students were given two weeks to complete their entries and turn them in at school.  Throughout the two-week period, members of the wellness team were featured on the morning announcements to promote the contest.

When the deadline came, the wellness team judged the posters and placed blue ribbons on the winning entries in three categories:  K-1, 2-3, and 4-5.   The team had wanted to offer prizes that encouraged healthy activity, so we sought prizes from local businesses such as Monkey Joes, Jelly Beans, Buffalo Lanes and Defy Gravity.  These businesses generously donated free passes. 

Colorful posters decorated the school and showcased students’ ideas about healthy habits.

Once our judging was complete, the team showcased the winning posters on the morning announcements.  We shared what the judges liked on each poster, and then we hung the posters hung in the hallways starting at the front of the school.  The visual impact was tremendous!  The impact on our healthy school environment was astonishing!

It was obvious from the entries that families were discussing healthy topics at home to enable the students to create their posters.  It was fun to see students, teachers and families stopping in the hallways to read and look at all the posters.  Plans are already underway for next year’s contest; the Student Council will take over this activity and end the contest with a Fantastic Family Fun and Fit Night!

(Lots more photos on AHA’s Facebook page!)

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