Kula Elementary Wins $1K in Kaiser Activity Challenge

November 16, 2016, 9:04 AM HST · Updated November 16, 9:04 AM
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Haʻikū Elementary School on Maui, a two-time winner that received $2,500 for its participation in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 challenges, used its funds to hold a community Wellness Day with a color run, dancing, yoga, smoothie making and more.

Haʻikū Elementary School on Maui, a two-time winner that received $2,500 for its participation in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 challenges, used its funds to hold a community Wellness Day with a color run, dancing, yoga, smoothie making and more.

Maui’s Kula Elementary School won $1,000 in cash as part of Kaiser Permanente’s semiannual Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge.

The funds will be used to fund the purchase of physical activity and sports equipment or support wellness initiatives on campus. Kula was the only Maui school included in the fund distribution this Fall.

Haʻikū Elementary School on Maui, a two-time winner that received $2,500 for its participation in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 challenges, used its funds to hold a community Wellness Day with a color run, dancing, yoga, smoothie making and more.

More than 14,500 students, teachers and staff members from 29 participating schools competed to win cash prizes during the semiannual Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge, which encourages physical activity and wellness at school.

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During the month of October, schools throughout the state logged more than 391,647,547 minutes and 859,058 miles of physical activity — walking, biking, jogging, surfing and more — using the online Fire Up Your Feet Activity Tracker.

Eleven schools on Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi and the Big Island of Hawaiʻi were awarded a combined $7,000, which can be used to fund the purchase of physical activity and sports equipment or support wellness initiatives at their respective campuses.

The following schools received awards for their participation in the Fall 2016 challenge:

· Kula Elementary School, Maui: $1,000
· Mokapu Elementary School, Oahu: $1,000
· Kalaheo Elementary School, Kauai: $1,000
· Keaʻau Elementary School, Big Island: $1,000
· Central Middle School, Oahu: $500
· Kainalu Elementary School, Oahu: $500
· Voyager Public Charter School, Oahu: $500
· Waialua High and Intermediate School, Oahu: $500
· Waialae Elementary Public Charter School, Oahu: $500
· ʻIliahi Elementary School, Oahu: $250
· Kalihi Kai Elementary School, Oahu: $250

“By running outdoors, biking, swimming or doing other fun activities, keiki can win prizes for their school while staying healthy and active,” said Mary Ann Barnes, RN, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Hawaiʻi Region. “When children learn the importance of physical fitness and nutrition at a young age, they’re more likely to develop lifelong healthy habits that reduce their risk of obesity and chronic diseases.”

Fire Up Your Feet is a national, ongoing program launched in 2013 as part of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools campaign. Any K–8 public, private or charter school in Hawaii is welcome to participate in activity challenges held in the spring and fall school semesters.

Through the Fire Up Your Feet program, Kaiser Permanente and Safe Routes to School have awarded more than $44,000 to participating schools in Hawaii and $520,000 nationwide. The next challenge will take place in the spring of 2017.

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