Elementary School

Through the support of SNAP-Ed funding, the HealthMPowers’ Elementary Sector is currently implementing a multi-year program in 112 Georgia elementary schools to improve healthy eating and physical activity behaviors to improve health and fitness. The Program provides teachers and staff with the training and resources necessary to continue sustainable improvements on their own. Elementary students are engaged in a variety of learning activities that integrate physical activity and nutrition education into the school day. The ultimate goal is to create a school environment that embraces a culture of health. The program offers professional development trainings on a tri-annual basis that cover a variety of topics and provide a platform for the sharing of best practices among participating schools. 

In addition to the SNAP-Ed multi-year program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation funded a project in 39 metropolitan Atlanta schools last year, helping approximately 4,000 4th graders and their teachers to increase the amount of physical activity during the school day. The team collected data in a variety of areas including steps taken during the day, moderate to vigouous activity levels in PE, student BMI, aerobic capacity, and physical activity behavior. 
Power Up for 30, a component of Georgia Shape, is a statewide initiative supported by the Georgia Departments of Public Health and Education to increase physical activity during the school day in elementary schools across the state. Using the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program Model (CSPAP) promoted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school staff learn how to integrate an additional 30 minutes or more of physical activity before, during, and/or after school. Since 2013, HealthMPowers has served as the training partner for this initiative reaching 1,898 teachers from more than 880 schools impacting more than 467,626 Georgia elementary school students. Georgia Shape is Governor Deal’s statewide, multi-agency and multi-dimensional initiative to address childhood obesity.