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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 30, 2014

Mid-Prairie keeps Live Healthy Iowa challenge trophy

By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 21, 2014
Doug Reichardt, chair of the Iowa Sports Foundation, stands with Wellman Elementary nurse Jaclyn Greiner, senior Seth Eash and Nicole Bruce of Live Healthy Iowa. The traveling trophy was presented to the school district at the Iowa Wellness Summit in Des Moines Wednesday, April 16.

WELLMAN—The Mid-Prairie Community School District is the returning champion of the Live Healthy Iowa Kids challenge.
This is the second year the district has won the challenge cup. The district found out last Monday.
“I was surprised and excited that we won again,” said Jenna Grout, a school nurse in the Mid-Prairie Community School District. “We put a lot of extra work into it because you have to document everything. I was happy to see the dedication from everybody.”
The challenge took place during a 10-week time period beginning the last week of January, Grout said. A lot of the activities students did were indoors because of the cold winter weather.
“At the middle school we did walking during advising time in the hallways,” Grout said.
Other activities the schools had in the district included a workout day for each school where students and staff wore exercise clothes to class. During the workout day students would do different exercise activities, such as push-ups and sit-ups or played the video game ‘Just Dance,’ Grout said.
Another activity the district did was focused on the snack of the week, Grout said. Nutritional information would be given to the students and staff about the snack of the week and local grocery stores had sales on that item.
“It was nice to see the local support from the grocery stores,” Grout said, “and parents would come back and tell me their children were making healthier food choices at home after learning about the ‘snack of the week.’ ”
Mid-Prairie School District Superintendent Mark Schneider said that 97 percent of individuals in the district, including students and staff, participated this year.
“Obviously, I need to compliment the school nurses, students, and staff for doing what they needed to do to bring home the challenge cup again,” Schneider said.
Schneider said it is very likely the district will participate in the challenge again next year.

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