Fifth graders at Arrowhead Elementary know a lot about energy balance – balancing the calories you eat and drink with the calories you burn through physical activity – and now they know a little bit about lacrosse too.
That’s because they’ve been participating in the 5th Gear Kids program and learning that balancing a nutritious diet with fun, physical activity helps them stay healthy. On Friday, March 8, they learned about the sport of lacrosse from three collegiate athletes: University of Denver lacrosse players Joe Bano, a freshman from Dublin, Ohio; Reed Barbe, a freshman from Greenwich, Connecticut; and Hunter Gore, a freshman from Plano, Texas.
The DU Pioneers are currently ranked third in the nation in Division I Men’s Lacrosse with a 5-1 record. The players talked with the Arrowhead students about what it’s like to be collegiate student-athletes and how energy balance helps them do well on the field and in the classroom.
They explained that lacrosse teams have ten players – three attack, three midfielders, three defenders and a goalie – and they showed the students how they use their lacrosse sticks to toss, catch and carry the lacrosse ball, and score points by shooting it into the opposing team’s goal.
Arrowhead earned the DU visit because it had so many fifth graders sign up for the 5th Gear Kids program, which is available to every fifth grade student in the Cherry Creek School District – that’s more than 4,000 kids! Fifth graders receive a 5th Gear Kids card, which they can use to earn points and prizes by making healthy food choices and participating in healthy activities at dozens of Denver area restaurants and recreation facilities that support the 5th Gear Kids program. Their families can also use the card for a 10% discount on all Private Selection foods at King Soopers.
The 5th Gear Kids 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.
You can learn more about the 5th Gear Kids program and its community partners at www.5thgearkids.org.
Posted March 12, 2013.