The second year of the 5th Gear Kids program is off to a successful start in the Cherry Creek School District. Nearly 1,700 people, including fifth graders and their parents and siblings, attended the 5th Gear Kids Kickoff Party on Sept. 27 at Family Sports Center.
“It was fun,” said Arrowhead fifth grader Logan Lonergan after easily making it to the top of the climbing wall. “But my favorite is Laser Tag.”
Fifth graders and their families enjoyed many fun and healthy activities in the ice skating rink, the eXerGame Zone, the heated golf driving range and the Sports Dome. See more photos on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.
They also enjoyed delicious and nutritious food samples from partner restaurants and got to learn more about the 5th Gear Kids program, which teaches fifth graders about energy balance – how to balance fun physical activity with a nutritious diet – to promote energy and good health.
“He was excited about getting to do all the activities,” said Logan’s mother, Amy Lonergan, who appreciates the 5th Gear Kids Program. “I’m glad he’s learning good healthy habits and how to stay active.”
All fifth graders could get a 5th Gear Kids card that they can use to earn points and prizes and get discounts at participating restaurants and recreation facilities. Their families can use the card for a 10% discount on all Private Selection foods at King Soopers.
Dr. Megan Mistler-Jackson, 5th Gear Kids Grant Coordinator for Cherry Creek Schools, said the program targets fifth graders for several important reasons. “Research shows that fifth-graders are at the perfect age to understand and have an opinion about health-related issues and they can impact family decisions. They are also leaders in their schools and can positively influence younger students,” said Mistler-Jackson.
The innovative program was developed by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Cherry Creek Schools and Aurora Public Schools. It is funded by a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.
For more information about the 5th Gear Kids program, visit www.5thgearkids.org or talk to the 5th Gear Kids liaison at any Cherry Creek elementary school.Posted October 1, 2013.