FORT WORTH, TX- The FitWorth Healthy City Initiative announces two major programs starting on October 1, 2018. First the Mayor’s School Challenge. Second the FitWorth Fall Challenge.
Mayor’s School Challenge:Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth I.S.D. Superintendent Kent Scribner are challenging FWISD students to practice healthy habits during the month of October. Students will be asked to track their daily minutes of physical activity, consumption of fruits and vegetables, water, and minutes of time spent reading. Students who are healthy come to school more often and tend to do better on standardized tests. This is the 7thannual Mayor’s Challenge produced by FitWorth.
The school that logs the highest average in the Mayor’s School Challenge will receive $1,000 for new PE and recess equipment. The school with the highest average fruit and vegetable consumption will receive a new salad bar for their cafeteria. The salad bar has been donated by Fresh Point and United Fresh Start Foundation. The Mayor’s Challenge is produced with support from Oncor Electric Delivery.
Salad bars are a tangible example of a school’s commitment to wellness and healthier school meals. When a school has a salad bar, it sends a message to parents, teachers and the community that the school is working to create a healthy environment that encourages children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
FitWorth Fall Challenge: FitWorth is challenging parents, teachers, and community members to build the habit of eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Beginning October 1, adults city-wide will download the Foodstand App on their smart phones and register with challenge code FitWorth18. Foodstand makes building healthy eating habits fun and engaging with a free and easy to use platform. Teachers in FWISD are participating in this challenge as a District-wide staff wellness initiative. The school staff with the highest success rate will win a healthy breakfast with Mayor Price. Parents and teachers are important role models for children. When students see respected adults and caretakers modeling healthy behavior they are more likely to adopt healthy behaviors themselves.