Students at San Mateo Park Elementary are making the world a better place one step at a time! This year they participated in the UNICEF Kid Power program which motivate kids and families across the United States to get active and help save lives. Here’s how it works: Kids wear a UNICEF Kid Power Band, a child-friendly fitness band they can use with the free Kid Power companion app. Kids go on missions through the app, learn about new cultures and earn points for completing activities and challenges. These points unlock therapeutic food packets that UNICEF delivers to severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn, and the more lives they save! Students are not only enhancing their own physical health, but they are also motivated how they are helping others in the world!
Students at San Mateo Park Elementary School have been averaging, per class, over 22,000 steps per day in their physical education classes! Students are now motivated to exercise as they try to increase their number of steps every day. Because of their motivation, their school has earned and provided over 16,500 ready-to-use-therapeutic food packets for malnourished children in South Sudan. One student said, "I feel good about myself when Mr. D reminds us that not only are we active and having fun, but helping people in the world. I look forward to P.E. everyday." These results prove that giving our students the chance to make a positive social impact in the wider world is beneficial to everyone! The UNICEF project has brought us closer as a school community and positioned our students to be lifelong, healthy and positive contributors to society.
Did You Know?
Today’s epidemic of becoming overweight and obese threatens the historic progress that we have made in increasing the quality of life of Americans. The hard facts:
1) Two-thirds of American adults and nearly one in three children are overweight or obese;
2) The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. more than doubled (from 15% to 34%) among adults and more than tripled (from 5% to 17%) among children and adolescents from 1980 to 2015; and
3) Obese teenagers have a 70% greater risk of becoming obese adults.
For more information on the UNICEF Kid Power program see their website at https://unicefkidpower.org.