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Ravenwood kicks off Challenge

Alaska Pacific University skier Kate Fitzgerald helps students at Ravenwood Elementary School kick off the spring 2013 Healthy Futures Challenge.

Ravenwood Elementary School in Eagle River encourages its students to play every day and complete the Healthy Futures Challenge. Almost 90 percent of Ravenwood students completed the fall 2012 challenge. Way to go, Ravenwood!

Physical education teacher Caela Nielsen helps the children at Ravenwood complete the challenge and have a lot of fun doing it.

The students at Ravenwood helped kickoff the spring Healthy Futures Challenge last week. During the kickoff event, Healthy Futures program director Cindy Norquest presented Ravenwood with a check for $750 for having the highest participation of a large school in the fall 2012 Healthy Futures Challenge. More than 300 of Ravenwood’s 428 students finished all three months of the fall challenge, which ran September through November 2012. Ms. Nielsen requires all of her students to participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge to earn a good effort grade. She also keeps activity log forms for the Challenge in her classroom for older students to fill out at school.

During the kickoff event, an energetic class of fifth-graders demonstrated Ravenwood’s Festivus Fitness – a fun activity routine that Ms. Nielsen uses to encourage her students to improve their physical fitness. All students do as many sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks and burpees as they can in 30 seconds. Every month, Ms. Nielsen has them do these exercises again to measure progress.

And what about the kindergarteners? These young kids at Ravenwood demonstrated a dance-off, showing their moves to a popular pop song.

Ravenwood’s having a blast doing the Healthy Futures Challenge. Is your school signed up? Find out by visiting the Healthy Futures website.