Questions & Answers
What does my child need to bring for the PowerUp School Challenge?
Nothing! Students will receive all School Challenge materials at your school’s kick-off assembly.
What will students receive the day of the assembly?
Each student will receive a green PowerUp backpack containing:
Each following week, students will win prizes for turning in completed trackers and will receive the next week’s tracker from their teacher.
What is a PowerUp Tracker?
The PowerUp Tracker is a tool for kids to track their fruit, vegetable, and active play each day using stickers.
Will I (family member, parent or guardian of student) be contacted during the Challenge?
You will receive a packet of information at the beginning of the program and teachers will send one email to families each week during the 4-week Challenge. These emails will tell you about that week’s message and tips on ways to incorporate it into discussions and activities at home. The PowerUp Family Toolkit is also a great resource to use during the Challenge to engage your child at home and reinforce the PowerUp concepts they learn in school.
Can I come watch the assembly?
In general, all students in each elementary school will participate in the PowerUp School Challenge kick-off assembly. Due to the number of students and teachers present, there will be little room for extra observers. We ask that families do not attend the assembly.
Does this event cost anything for my child to attend?
The PowerUp School Challenge is completely free for participating schools, teachers, and students.
Who sponsors this event?
This program is a major component of the local Lakeview Hospital PowerUp initiative. This 7- to 10-year community-wide youth health initiative is sponsored by Lakeview Health and HealthPartners, and seeks to make the St. Croix Valley a place where it is easy for our youth to eat well and be active.
How long is the PowerUp School Challenge?
The PowerUp School Challenge runs for 4 weeks. Here’s how it works:
· Radio Disney kicks off the Challenge with a 45 minute, high energy, super fun assembly. The message? Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables, and be active every day!
· Students will track their active play and fruit and vegetable consumption every day during class. Teachers will remind children to track on a daily basis (at school and over weekends using their At Home Trackers) with fun lessons and reminders.
· Students receive a prize for turning in completed trackers at the end of each week.
· Families are strongly encouraged to reinforce PowerUp concepts at home during the School Challenge using the PowerUp Family Toolkit, including fun activities and recipes, weekly highlights, and easy ways to PowerUp at home!
What will my child take away from this event?The 4-week PowerUp School Challenges engages and inspires kids to PowerUp their bodies with fruit, vegetables, and physical activity. Students will take away a new perspective on healthy lifestyle behaviors; they will learn that fruits and veggies can be exciting and tasty, and that active play is fun!
What’s in it for my school?
The PowerUp School Challenge is a super fun way to reinforce healthy habits while also winning money for your school! Schools are awarded prize grants based on student participation over the 4 weeks to go towards playground equipment, PE resources, or any other health-related need at your school! The higher the student participation, the bigger the grant!
Further, schools that demonstrate high commitment to health and wellness through a healthy environment, curriculum, and policy can qualify for larger state or national grants through the HealthierUS School Challenge, PEP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, General Mills, and other organizations.
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