Get in the Action Day a Success

October 28th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Guest blog by Caryn Kusleika, RD, LMNT, Health & Wellness Program Manager, Midwest Dairy Association.

Live Well Omaha Kids was one of several community partners to participate in Get in the Action Day at Omaha South High School on Friday October 18th, hosted by Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids.  This event was an outreach to community organizations to support healthier students!

GardenWith childhood obesity as a top-of-mind issue, Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids is an organization whose unique combination of national infrastructure and grassroots activities in states and at schools mobilize schools, communities and volunteers to create meaningful and lasting change to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn.

Omaha South High Magnet School kicked off the event in the school cafeteria, as winners of a healthy mural contest were announced and dignitaries on hand participated in a groundbreaking ceremony in the school garden.  Students then broke into groups to participate in fun activities, including healthy brain breaks in Social Studies class, gardening, art, and Aquaponics throughout the day.

The United Way, through the Day of Caring, brought in over 30 volunteers from Bellevue University and Blue Cross Blue Shield to help in the school garden. The event at Omaha South was a huge success in providing more opportunities for students to be exposed to healthier foods.Races

Nebraska Action For Healthy Kids and Live Well Omaha Kids provided the funding for the supplies for the school garden and the Aquaponics system that will be maintained by the students and staff in the Forensic Science classroom. The non-profit organization Whispering Roots organized the construction of the Aquaponics system, which is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in liquid instead of soil). Water is pumped from fish tanks into plant grow beds. The fish effluent becomes the fertilizer for the plMilk_Costumesants.

Four other Omaha Elementary Schools received 250.00 grants from Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids to participate host a Get in the Action day. Crestridge, Beals, Skinner and Miller Park celebrated a Get in the Action day by dedicating time to health and wellness at school. Crestridge Elementary dedicated the entire day to wellness beginning with walking club in the morning and offering wellness stations in the afternoon. Skinner Magnet Elementary provided a healthy snack to all students and hosted a staff verses student soccer game.

The event continued into the evening, too – as students were invited to a “Fuel Up to Play 60” tailgate party before the school’s football game.  The tailgate featured football-centric activities such as passing competitions, agility drills, and a milk, cheese and yogurt race. Hy-Vee provided a healthy snack station at the tailgate and Saludable Omaha hosted a water pledge table.Play_60

The event is sponsored by the Live Well Omaha Kids, Midwest Dairy Council, and Hunger Free Heartland.  Event supporters are the United Way, HealthTeacher, the University of Nebraska Extension Office, Saludable Omaha and OPS. Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment.  Please visit www.actionforhealthykids.org/nebraska for more information on Nebraska Action For Healthy Kids.

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