In just eight weeks, 70 fourth-graders at Stansbury Park Elementary logged more than 334,000 minutes of exercise as part of the STEP Express program sponsored by SelectHealth.
Of 50 participating elementary schools across the state of Utah, Stansbury Elementary tracked the second highest average number of minutes of exercise per student, earning the school a $1,500 cash grant from SelectHealth. The school plans to use the grant to update old PE equipment for the school gym and provide new PE equipment for teacher classrooms.
“I am so proud of what our fourth-graders have accomplished,” said Laura Burdine, PE Specialist at Stansbury Park Elementary. “We’ve got a great community that knows the importance of keeping their kids active outside of school.”
STEP Express is a free program designed to help fourth-grade students in Utah work toward a healthier lifestyle. The eight-week STEP Express program provides schools with lesson plans, PE activities, and equipment to complete the fitness challenge.
SelectHealth, a not-for-profit insurance company, created the free fitness program in 2007 to help fourth-graders get healthy and reduce childhood obesity. As part of the fitness challenge, students record their minutes of exercise.
Nearly 3,700 students participated in STEP Express this year. Monticello Elementary in Monticello and The Ranches Academy in Eagle Mountain also received grants, finishing third and first, respectively.
Details about the STEP Express program are available at www.stepexpress.org.