Students Celebrate the GoodLife

St. Robert Catholic Elementary School is helping researchers find better ways to prevent childhood obesity by promoting healthy living. World Champion rower Silken Laumann joined students to celebrate their participation in the INSTEP Eat Walk Live with Nutrition Ignition Program – made possible by a $60,000 grant from the GoodLife Kids Foundation through the Children‟s Health Foundation. Laumann told the students that “GoodLife Kids Foundation (GLKF) is committed to changing the future health of today’s kids through physical activity and healthy eating habits. Her words had extra meaning during Anti-Bullying Week: she told the students that everyone has a special talent and ability and “we can all do something special in our lives.” The program is led by principal investigator Dr. Danielle Battram of Brescia University College “Our hope is that the „NSTEP Eat Walk Live with Nutrition Ignition program will further help students to be healthier by participating in fun physical activities and enjoying healthy eating,” says Battram. Students from grades one to eight will receive lessons from undergraduate students in kinesiology and nutrition that compliments the existing school curriculum around health. Lessons learned are reinforced by activities such as: snack challenges, physical activities; fitness hour, “turn off the screens week”. Newsletters, a health fair and a family take home challenge also help to involve parents and families.