Success Stories


 

Teachers Lead Physical Activity: Little Ones Learning Center

Little Ones 4Little Ones Learning Center had a goal to increase the teacher-led physical activity of their students. Without trained physical education staff and a shortage of outdoor equipment, Early Childhood Program Administrator Wande Okunoren-Meadows knew that some major changes would have to be made. She partnered with HealthMPowers and together they provided the teachers with the training and resources necessary to make some creative physical activity changes.

HealthMPowers staff visited Little Ones Learning Center and modeled physical
activities that can be incorporated into a classroom setting. The children were fully
engaged in the exercises and the classroom teachers noted that the lesson spurred several new ideas to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Encouraged,
Ms. Okunoren-Meadows made it her personal goal to increase physical activity for the children by making the following changes:

  • Purchased more outdoor physical activity equipment
  • Hired a part-time yoga instructor
  • Incorporated indoor movements into math, science, and literacy lessons
  • Supported teachers in their efforts to lead children in physical ​ ​ activity games and integrate physical activity into the daily classroom routine

All Hands In: Joesph B. Whitehead

Joesph B. Whitehead, a Boys and Girls Club located in Fulton County, implemented wellness strategy at their club around their garden. Excitement of the garden grew as the garden thrived after the spring planting of kale, tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers.

Youth and staff became more engaged every gardening session and the garden sparked curiosity when they started researching different types of salsas that could be created using produce from the garden. With teamwork they created a “secret” Salsa-Salsa recipe for an annual Boy’s and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta competition.

In September, the club was surprised by a visit from the SEC and Allstate community service program.   Whitehead was selected because it’s located in a food desert and the goal of revitalizing the garden is to increase fresh food access for the youth and families. Former SEC athletes and volunteers came together to build new garden beds, a rain-water collection system and a composter for the garden. The event was a huge success!