Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School physical education elementary teacher Carol Wolbert won a $5,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona for her efforts to get kids in shape.
Rattlesnake Ridge is in the Marana Unified School District.
Wolbert challenged 95 fifth-graders to eat healthy and exercise more for 28 consecutive days. It was the way she chose to implement Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona's "Walk On!" challenge, which is a free health education program that encourages fifth-graders to eat five fruits and vegetables, spend less than two hours staring at an electronics screen, exercise for one hour and avoid sugary drinks.
“Walk On was implemented through the PE curriculum. At the beginning of the program students’ brainstormed ideas on why they thought healthy habits were important,” Wolbert said in a news release. “At the end of the month students were polled in class regarding the ‘ease’ of reaching each goal and why or why not. Many students were surprised by their results.”
Wolbert was one of five teachers to win $5,000 grants. She was the only Southern Arizona teacher to receive one.