Step To It in your school

The winners of the school Step To It Challenge are: 

School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) in Golden Valley, Woodland Elementary in Brooklyn Park, and Meadowbrook Elementary in Golden Valley.  Congratulations!!


Purpose

Keeping children active through recess and physical education is on the radar of local schools. Kids need a chance to run and play each day, and the Step To It Challenge provides a fun and friendly way to meet that need.

Research shows kids’ health, social skills, and brainpower get a boost from play time and physical activity every day. Physical activity helps children, as well as adults, prevent many obesity-related diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The Step To It Challenge helps elementary schools integrate physical activity into the daily routines of students and their families. The focus of the school Step to It Challenge is elementary schools in Hennepin County; however, middle and high schools are also welcome to participate.

Minnesota Twins visits

The Minnesota Twins recognize the importance of physical activity for children and are one of the main sponsors of the Step To It Challenge. By joining the challenge, elementary school students are eligible to win a visit for their school from a Minnesota Twins player, their mascot TC, and the team’s strength and conditioning coach. The two elementary schools in Hennepin County with the most people registered by May 3 will win the visits. One visit will be awarded to a school with 575 or fewer student enrollment, and the other visit to a school with more than 575 enrollment.¬† The remainder of the schools who are registered for the challenge will be entered into a drawing and the winner of that drawing will also receive a visit from the MN Twins!

Take Green Strides

Participants are encouraged to Take Green Strides that save energy and natural resources too! Taking green strides also helps participants to increase their physical activity. Walking or biking to a destination, picking up litter in the local park, or helping to plant a community garden are some ways that can help individuals to achieve their goals or maybe win the Most Active Resident award from their community. Here are some green activities for schools to help increase your step count.

What do I do?

Schools
If your school wants to participate in the challenge,  send an email to anne.nelson@hennepin.us and the Hennepin County Step To It staff will register and create an account for your school.

Families
Between April 1 and May 1, register your family for Step To It. Then, go to the Join Groups page, and join your child’s school group. The more families that join, the greater the chance of winning a Twins visit for your school.

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