HealthFest takes advantage of the time teachers, administration and event organizers put into the event. These events take considerable time to prepare for and take away from much needed classroom time. To capitalize on the traditional field day we retain the fun, new experiences and physical activity you normally see at most schools. However, we want to make sure that our students are also learning healthy habits in the process.
HealthFest has three components Mental Health, Physical Activity and Food and Nutrition. Each station is located on different parts of our campus and students travel with their classroom teachers and fellow students. As they arrive to each station they are greeted by a presenter from one of our partner organizations. For twenty minutes at each of these six stations students our guided through mini exploration of the different topics.
UTES HealthFest 2012 Description of Events
Presenter Brenda Reed – Natural Epicurean
Description – Strawberry/Banana Unsweetened Cocoa Cream Demo.
UTES Students learned about the life cycle of a cocoa bean (a bean, chocolate bar, & a chocolate baked good as identifiers) and the cultivation of strawberry and bananas too. They explored the benefits of unsweetened pure cocoa powder vs. added with sugar. Students filled their own strawberries to create their tasty “Strawberry Smashers” sample.
Thanks to HEB for donating all of the fruit for this demo
Presenter Classroom Teachers – UT Elementary School
Description – Students explored the garden and answered questions to complete a scavenger hunt. Each square, on the Bingo sheet, was a different question or task the students had to complete. Students needed to use all the knowledge they have gained about the garden and gardening to complete this station. Some of the harder questions were “Who was the most famous person to ever visit the garden?” Answer Bill Yosses White House Pastry Chef and “How old is the UTES Garden?” Answer the Garden was built in 2006.
Presenter Mrs. Pam Martin – UT Elementary School Social Worker
Description – Students participated in ow ropes activities to promote self-regulation and cooperation. For more information on activities visit Project Adventure
Description – “By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal — for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. There is also evidence that yoga practices help increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body’s ability to respond to stress more flexibly.” http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2009/April/Yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression
Presenter Kid Gladiator
Description – Kid Gladiator is more than just a sports camp, it’s an experience! Activities during the Kid Gladiator include rock climbing, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, tug of war, relay races, obstacle courses and much more. Kid Gladiator Camps culminates on Saturday with Gladiator Games when students get a chance to show off skills developed throughout the week and take part in the obstacle course. Students at UTES had a chance to try a Kids Gladiator Obstacle Course and learn what it means to have the heart of a gladiator.
Presenter Born to Run Foundation & RunTex
Description – RunTex Foundation is dedicated to involvement with children’s’ fitness and overall health. Born To Run, an innovative children‘s fitness program reaches nearly 3500 Central Texas children. Students learned basic warm up, running form and baton passing skills.