Walk To School Day
October is Walk to School Month and Wednesday, October 3 is Walk to School Day. Walk to School Day gives students, parents, teachers, staff, and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event and celebrate the benefits of walking. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that children get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Walking is an easy and free way to be active.
Walking to school is a missed opportunity. Roughly 10% of children nationwide walk to school regularly. Even among those kids living within a mile of their school, only 25% are regular walkers. Encourage your students to participate in Walk to School Month and help them build habits that will positively affect their health and lifestyle.
Register your school to join kids and families around the globe on the Walk to School website.
Teacher, Faculty, and Staff Motivation
The school year has started and students, teachers, faculty, and staff are settling into their daily routine. Now is the time to meet with your teachers, faculty, and staff to introduce and/or remind them about the Gold Medal Schools™ (GMS) program. It is vital to the success of GMS that the entire school be involved in the Program. Invite food service personnel, administration, Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Organization, the School Community Council, or other community members to a meeting where you will discuss the Program.
Here are some ideas of things you can discuss:
- Introduce the School Coordinator
- Review the criteria level your school will be working towards
- Introduce the Gold Medal Mile™ and identify a walking goal
September – Green Ribbon Month
Green Ribbon Month was established in 1998 by the Davis County Safe Kids Coalition. Although the program started in one county, it was so successful that it quickly spread throughout the state. The goal of Green Ribbon Month is to prevent children from being hit by motor vehicles in school zones and cross walks. Additional resources can be found on Page 115 of the GMS Guide Additional Resources go to the Gold Medal Schools School Coordinators page to access the resources.
The program involves the entire community. Drivers pledge to drive slowly in school zones and residential areas. Students pledge to walk on sidewalks, look before crossing streets, and to cross at cross walks. Participating in Green Ribbon Month will fulfill Criteria Menu #9 and/or Silver #1 if PTA is involved with the planning of the event.
For more information and resources to help your school plan Green Ribbon Month visit the Utah Violence and Injury Prevention Program’s website.
UDOT’s Student Neighborhood Access Program “Walk More in Four”
Get your students walking safely!
The Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP) ™ is part of UDOT’s Safe Routes to School program. The goal is to get students in the healthy habit of walking safely to school all year using the school’s safe routes map, or SNAP Map. All students K-8 statewide will be encouraged to participate in UDOT SNAP’s Walk More in Four (WMIF) challenge.
Schools register to participate in the WMIF Challenge. All participating students will be eligible to win donated prizes, such as bikes, scooters, and helmets. Prizes will be awarded following Walk to School Day. The school with the highest participation percentage will win cash prizes.
Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month
September is National Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month. With the bounty of the harvest, it’s a perfect time to make half your plate fruits and veggies. United States Department of Agriculture has provided resources including fruit and vegetable recipes, tip sheets, and bulletin board ideas to support and educate about fruits and vegetables.
Chefs Move to Schools
As part of efforts to turn policies into practical solutions for America’s families the First lady is calling on chefs to get involved by adopting schools and working with teachers, parents, and school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. The “Chefs Move to Schools” program was developed to pair chefs with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelines and budget. If your school is interested in having a chef teach nutrition at your school go to the Chefs Move to Schools website.
Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. As part of the program, each Target store will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K—12 schools nationwide—enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. Each grant is valued up to $700. Types of eligible trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.