June 2, 2017

Awarding cash prizes to active schools in Hawaii

Students from Waihee Elementary School, Maui

HONOLULU — Students, teachers and staff members from 22 Hawaii schools competed to win cash prizes during the month-long Fire Up Your Feet Challenge, which encourages physical activity and wellness at school.

Between April 15 and May 15, students in grades K-8 participated in the friendly competition by tracking the minutes they spent walking, biking and doing other types of physical activity. Schools could win awards in several categories, including most overall participation, most walking, most recess activity and more.

Nine schools on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island were awarded a combined $6,500, which can be used to fund physical activities, sports equipment and wellness initiatives on campus.

The following schools received awards for their participation in the 2017 challenge:

  • Kaelepulu Elementary School, Oahu: $1,250
  • Koloa Elementary School, Kauai: $1,250
  • Haaheo Elementary School, Hawaii Island: $1,000
  • Pomaikai Elementary School, Maui: $1,000
  • Waihee Elementary School, Maui: $1,000
  • Central Middle School, Oahu: $500
  • Aliiolani Elementary School, Oahu: $300
  • Kalaheo Elementary School, Kauai: $100
  • Kula Elementary School, Maui: $100

“This experience is a first step toward physical fitness for many students and families. Building and celebrating healthy habits as a community is key to creating a healthier Hawaii,” said Mary Ann Barnes, RN, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Hawaii Region.

Fire Up Your Feet was launched in 2013 as part of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools initiative to help K-8 public, private or charter school students increase their physical activity and stay motivated in a fun and friendly environment. Through the Fire Up Your Feet program, Kaiser Permanente and Safe Routes to School have awarded more than $50,000 to participating schools in Hawaii and $705,750 nationwide. To learn more about Fire Up Your Feet visit fireupyourfeet.org.

About Fire Up Your Feet

Fire Up Your Feet is a core program of Safe Routes to School National Partnership, available to any elementary or middle school (grades K-8) nationally. Made possible through funding from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, the program offers free resources, including an online activity tracker, all aimed at increasing physical activity before, during and after school for students, parents, staff and teachers. The National PTA is actively partnering to encourage family engagement to support both child and family health.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and works to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from school and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. For more information, go to saferoutespartnership.org.

About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii.