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Blue Cross Blue Shield Hosts Walk On! Challenge Day Assembly at Curry Elementary

Post Date:02/12/2019

students in crowd smiling and cheering with blue pompomsFor the 14th consecutive year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) has inspired students to be a part of its Walk On! Challenge. As the largest healthcare provider in the state of Arizona, the company's goal is to educate and inspire fourth- and fifth-grade students, their teachers and their families to focus on healthy choices that can be made daily with the 5-2-1-0 goal.

The program components include encouraging participants to eat 5 fruits and veggies a day, spend 2 hours a day or less of screen time, get 1 hour of physical activity every day and consume 0 sugary drinks. This year's Challenge began on February 1, 2019 and lasts throughout the month.

To celebrate the first day of Walk On! Day, members from BCBSAZ visited Curry Elementary School where fourth- and fifth-graders were treated to an upbeat assembly encouraging the 5-2-1-0 challenge. Students sang, danced, and played games motivating them all to make health-conscious choices every day!  

two teachers high-fiving and students in background cheering with blue pompomsFourth-Grade Teacher Lindsey Matykiewicz was instrumental in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Walk On! event taking place at Curry. Initially seeing this as an opportunity to limit screen time during the weekends, Matykiewicz quickly realized the health and wellness benefits the 5-2-1-0 challenge has for both staff and students alike!

“I still don’t know who had more fun, myself or the students!” said Matykiewicz. “I don’t think students knew what to expect, but when they saw dancing, cheering, and pompoms, they were ready to rise to the challenge!”

The goal of Walk On! Day was to get students and teachers excited about participating in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s month-long health education program that is free to schools and takes place throughout February. Curry Elementary School has registered approximately 200 fourth- and fifth-graders to participate in the 2019 Walk On! Challenge.

student going through nutrition bus picking out vegetablesIn addition to a fun-filled morning event, BCBSAZ’s Nourishing Arizona Program also made an appearance with their Farm Express Bus! Every fourth- and fifth-grade student was able to walk away with a reusable shopping bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables.

“This helped me learn that eating my fruits and vegetables will keep me healthy and grow strong,” said Fourth-Grade Student DeVaughn Holmes.

Some students even got to go through the produce bus and practice purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables. There was even enough fresh food leftover that every kindergarten through third-grade student, and the entire Curry staff also got to enjoy some fruits and veggies of their choice to bring home!

two students smiling with food bags that are neon green“With all these food items, we were able to apply it to real-life skills. All of our students were able to take home recipes to try at home too,” said Matykiewicz. “My fourth-grade class had enough supplies to make a fresh fruit salad and a vegetable soup!”

Moving forward, Matykiewicz says that her students are excited to commit to the 5-2-1-0 challenge throughout the month. Her class is sticking to an extra 10-minute break on non-PE days, and using that time to play and exercise. In addition, Matykiewicz has even had students walking laps with her before school to count toward their one hour of exercise daily goal.

“That day was amazing because it helped me think about being healthy and staying healthy,” said Fourth-Grade Student Kayli Hill.

For more information about the BCBSAZ Walk On! 2019 Challenge, please visit https://walkonaz.com/.

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