Students at Gilles-Sweet Elementary are taking steps to increase their daily movement and overall health. And it has certainly paid off.
A group of 5th grade students won first place in the 2018 Youth MOVement challenge sponsored by the Community West Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospital’s “Straight from the Heart” initiative. Students tracked their movement with a wearable technology device, a MOVband, during the month of February and averaged 10,969 moves per student, per day for a total of over 7 million total moves in the month (which equates to 3,600 miles for the month or 5.6 average daily miles).
The Community West Foundation/Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals awarded the students with the $5,000 grant, which is intended to enhance the health and wellness for the participating class/school.
Physical Education Teacher Nathan Kull said the students plan to use the funds to build an indoor ga-ga ball pit, a popular fast paced, inclusive sport played in an octagonal pit.
The students at Gilles-Sweet Elementary were selected to participate in the program after teachers submitted a video outlining why the Straight from the Heart executive committee should select their class to participate in the competition, and what wellness initiative they intend to use the prize money for.