Metro Atlanta schools can compete to win cash rewards for promoting physical activity.
ATLANTA — Registration is open for the Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge, which began April 15 and ends May 15. All K-8 schools in metro Atlanta are encouraged to register and track their physical activity for a chance to win up to $6,500 in cash rewards to support wellness initiatives.
“Our goal is to inspire school communities to incorporate physical activity into their routines and be mindful about reaching daily exercise goals,” said Quinntez Gurndy, manager of community health for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, which co-sponsors the Fire Up Your Feet Program along with Safe Routes to School National Partnership. “As an incentive, we give cash rewards to the most active schools. Those dollars can be used to buy items such as bike racks and physical education equipment. One school even installed a rock-climbing wall.”
Fire Up Your Feet is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools initiative, a national effort to develop a healthier generation of students by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles. The Activity Challenge — offered in the spring and fall — requires students, parents and school staff to track time spent engaging in sports, PE or exercise classes, recess, classroom stretch breaks, dance, cycling or walks to and from school.
Since Fire Up Your Feet launched in 2014, schools across the country have logged more than 7.2 billion minutes of activity and earned $100,000.
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, and a school fundraising organizer, 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.
Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s largest not-for-profit health plan. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Kaiser Permanente serves more than 300,000 members in a 28-county service area in metro Atlanta with care focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of heath care providers. Expert and caring medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Nationally, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers, serving approximately 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.