Elementary Schools throughout Stillwater are launching the PowerUp School Challenge

On January 12, 2016 PowerUp officially launched the PowerUp School Challenge throughout the St. Croix Valley.

The PowerUp School Challenge is back and better than ever, inspiring students, teachers and families to Try for 5 fruits and veggies every day! Over the next few months, schools throughout the St. Croix Valley will spend three weeks exploring and trying new and different fruits and veggies. This year, over 25 schools will participate in this free program.

The PowerUp School Challenge kicks off with a surprise visit from Chomp to welcome them to school. The PowerUp Street Team then goes around to each classroom, to provide students the chance to try 5 new veggies and vote on their favorites. As a part of the school challenge students will track how many fruits and veggies they eat during the week with an at-school tracker. The whole school participates in the challenge with special promotions through school nutrition services, free t-shirts for teachers and staff and resources such as brain booster videos. Participating schools receive all the supplies and resources they need to make the Challenge a success, provided at no charge by PowerUp and Lakeview Hospital and Stillwater Medical Group.

By participating, schools can also earn PowerUp Bucks that can be used to purchase supplies, equipment or resources that help improve student wellness. Last year, PowerUp Bucks helped schools get cross country skis, climbing walls, salad bars, and other health and wellness supplies for their schools.

This is the fourth year of the PowerUp School Challenge. In recent surveys, 3 out of 4 Parents, and 4 out of 5 Schools said the Challenge inspired students to eat more fruits and veggies.

“Eating habits formed in childhood last a lifetime and the School Challenge is an important way to help improve eating habits at school and at home. PowerUp is committed to working in partnership with schools and our entire community to help kids in our communities eat better and be active to help them grow up healthy and reach their full potential,” according to Marna Canterbury, MS, RD Director of Community Health, PowerUp.

Visit powerup4kids.org for more information or to get involved.

About PowerUp

PowerUp is a community-wide youth health initiative to make better eating and active living easy, fun, and popular, so that our youth can reach their full potential. PowerUp is a long-term commitment to create change over 10 years in partnership with schools, businesses, health care, civic groups, families, kids, and the entire community! PowerUp is supported by Lakeview Health Foundation and HealthPartners in partnership with Hudson Hospital & Clinic and Westfields Hospital & Clinic.