Crunch Out is a six-week program held in the Fall during physical education class. Students learn how to use an exercise ball as a fitness tool and practice different ball exercises. Students receive their own exercise ball to take home and keep and are encouraged to share program information with their family. Research shows that families have the biggest influence on their child's health habits. Not only do we want the kids to move more, but we also want to get families involved and moving. By having an exercise ball at home, we hope that the students and family will use it and create new healthy habits together! A training guide - My Everyday Guide to Living Healthy - offers different ball exercises and tips about healthy eating and portion sizes. Students record their nutrition and physical activity in Journals and earn prizes for completing weekly journals and actively participating in gym class. At the end of the program, students complete an essay - "How I Am Living Healthy!"
In 2018, 639 students participateed in Crunch Out. Since the program piloted in 2013, over 3,400 children and their families have participated. September through Nevmber, students learned to use their exercise balls and reported their 5-2-1-0 habits in a daily journal. Students completed a "How I am Living Healthy" Essay and recieved prizes for participating. Community members from our program partners helped review essays and selected Classroom winners, School winners, and an Overall Knox County Crunch Out essay contest winner.
Essay contest Winners were selected from each classroom of the 11 Knox County Elementary schools took part in the Crunch Out program. Our Awards Ceremony and Program Celebration for the Fall 2018 Crunch Out Program took place on January 12, 2019. Family, friends and teachers were invited to attend. Congratulations to all of our Knox County Crunch Out participants. Here are all of our School Essay Winners, selectrod from the classroom winners. For the full photo gallery from the event,
Thank you Mount Vernon News for covering our community event.