Sang Maxwell is the mother of a second and fourth grader that attend Oak Ridge Elementary in Sartell, MN. This year she is serving as PTO President at Oak Ridge Elementary.
Many schools in the area are working with BLEND (Better Living: Exercise & Nutrition Daily), funded by the CentraCare Health Foundation, to have walk-a-thons at their school as a fundraising activity. BLEND is integral in starting this initiative in the Central Minnesota School Districts. They are able to provide a foundation to start the walk-a-thons, marketing materials and more importantly a sharing of ideas of what is working in other programs.
On Friday, October 4th, Oak Ridge Elementary in Sartell, MN will be holding their second annual walk-a-thon. Last year this was a very successful fundraising event for the school. We were able to raise over $25,000 in funds. These funds were used to help purchase iPads for each grade level, pay for class field trips, and other educational requests from teachers for their students.
The community and school find this to be an invaluable fundraising activity because there are no door to door product sales and the school receives 100% of the money raised. Also, because of the success of this event it is a one and done event. There are no other fundraising events held at our school. Therefore, other activities can concentrate on creating a stronger school community.
The hope of any fundraising activity is to help the program become stronger and in this day and age many times that comes down to money. But the great thing about the walk-a-thon fundraiser is that this fundraiser helps all kids take pride because every penny counts. Even one penny a child brings in counts towards the school’s goal and helps them feel valued – they made a contribution and it counts! If a child can donate their only penny we can surely help them by donating what we can as their parents and community.
Thank you to the Sartell community for your support. Thank you to the local schools for sharing your experiences to make all walk-a-thons better and thank you to BLEND for a fantastic program.
Best of luck with your WALK-A-THON!
Well, I thought it would never happen, but I’ve decided on a college and as it turns out, I’ll be studying abroad in England for the first year.
That got me thinking, what will the food be like in England? Healthier? Less junk food? More tea? I wish there was a NuVal app on my phone I could take to the UK with me!
So, I did a little research, the websites did say that generally, people in England are very accommodating to diets, and there are a lot of vegetarians! Another website said “People in England eat more fruit and vegetables and less salt and fat, reducing heart disease and some cancers, say Oxford University experts.” So that’s really promising!
Also, tea is a huge deal over there, so I went to the NuVal website and saw that I can trade up from Coca Cola (1) to Arizona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng (35). I’m not sure if they drink a whole lot of iced tea over in Britain, but that’s a promising trade up!
One thing I will miss is the Minnesota apples in the fall, especially honey crisp apples. I suppose I could just eat applesauce, but the NuVal website informs me that Mott’s Plain Regular Original Applesauce is a 4 while fresh apples are a 96. Maybe my family can mail me a few honey crisps? They might end up as applesauce in transit though…
Anyways, I’m looking forward to trying new things and hopefully staying healthy!
P.s. Watch my “Stalker” video and trade up for health!
I feel like I say this on every post, but my GOODNESS have I been busy!
The high school play “Little Shop of Horrors” just ended, and I was a lead! The play went really well, and it’s kind of funny how it relates: it’s all about an alien plant who eats people, and my favorite NuVal® saying is “the closer to nature, the healthier,” except this time nature is eating the people. That’s kind of macabre now that I read that sentence. Oh well!
The musical was a hilarious! On Saturday we had two shows, so in between the whole cast and crew scattered to find food. I went to Val’s (burger joint), which may not be the healthiest, but keeping NuVal® in mind, I made sure to order extra vegetables for my burger! I was impressed by other members of my cast who selected Subway® because they said it was healthier. Way to trade up!!
I think that “it’s healthier” mood has really been pervading the school lately. With the spring weather, people are starting to go out and exercise more and healthiness seems to be a theme in a lot of conversations. One of my friends told me just yesterday he was trying to eat healthier so he could be his best in track. This is all very encouraging! Health is in the air!Yours, Lydia
P.s. Watch my latest video! Enjoy!
Hello! As promised, I interviewed Mr. Schulte who is in charge of the NuVal® competition at Sartell High School. Here it is!
Lydia: Tell us about the NuVal® competition.
Schulte: The concept is to encourage people to trade up everyday and to document that trade up.
Lydia: Has there been a lot of student participation?
Schulte: Actually, we were overwhelmed the first day with over 150 students who signed up for the contest.
Lydia: Do you think this will raise awareness about NuVal® in school?
Schulte: Yes, I think it forces students to juxtapose foods against each other based on NuVal® scores and nine times out of ten, NuVal scores win.
Lydia: Awesome, any final words?
Schulte: It takes time for students to trust and understand the nuances of the NuVal® system, but a contest like this helps them to see the system at work and rewards healthy choices.
So there you have it! Students can win twice by eating better and then getting a gift card!
p.s. Here is another video called NuVal® Basketball! Keeping with the spirit of winning, of course!