Does your school want to celebrate healthy living and teach students healthy habits? Host a 95210 Week to share knowledge and practical tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle! What does 95210 stand for?
- 9 hours of sleep each night to recharge your body
- 5 servings (or more!) of fruits/vegetables per day to ensure students get all the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong
- 2 hours or less of screen time a day to allow for more family and active time
- 1 hour of physical activity a day to keep kids fit and strong
- 0 sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce excess sugar consumption
Now that you’ve got the basics down, how do you go about organizing and executing a week-long celebration of all these healthy habits? Start by sending home a newsletter the week before your scheduled 95210 Week. Parents and children can read the newsletter together to get acquainted with 95210. You can also hang posters in the school cafeteria, hallways, and classrooms to help students familiarize themselves with the meaning behind each number!
On Monday, celebrate 9 hours of sleep by having a school-wide Pajama Day. If your school has uniforms, students could bring in their pillow or favorite stuffed animal!
On Tuesday, hold a taste test to celebrate 5 servings of fruits and veggies. Choose fruits and vegetables that students may not have tried before. Recruit volunteers to prep and serve the fruit and veggie samples. Consider how many samples you plan to serve and recruit an appropriate number of volunteers to help. If you have enough volunteers and a big enough budget, offer a fruit and veggie taste test in the cafeteria every day during 95210 Week!
On Wednesday, have students and staff sign a pledge to limit screen time to less than 2 hours a day (not including instructional time). Suggest alternative activities like reading a book, playing outside, or playing a board game. Display the signed pledges in classrooms or hallways so students see a daily reminder of their promise to limit screen time.
On Thursday, help students get at least 1 hour of physical activity! Have a mini-field day, host an after-school (or in-school!) Zumba class, lead morning yoga, plan extra brain breaks, organize a special, structured recess period, schedule dance breaks throughout the day … there are so many fun and creative ways for students to get active during the school day!
On Friday, celebrate the number 0! Host a tasting in the cafeteria for students to sample different types of flavored water. You could even offer students small water bottles and allow them to add their own fruit. Include a presentation on the dangers of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to open children’s eyes to the amount of sugar in their favorite drinks.
Ready to take it one step further?!
Offer challenges each day on the morning announcements with prizes for the winners to engage students in 95210 Week. Extra recess, a dance party, or lunch with their favorite teacher or administrator are great, no-cost prizes!
Email ideas and questions to Fit4Kids’ Wellness Integration Specialist Katie Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.