Go for the Gold Challenge Spotlight: Congratulations to Libby Elementary School!

November 28, 2012

Congratulations to Libby Elementary Academy for achieving the Silver award in the HealthierUS School Challenge! Libby joins public schools across Chicago in meeting the challenge through Go for the Gold, a partnership of Chicago Public Schools and Healthy Schools Campaign that supports schools in meeting high standards for healthy food, physical activity and nutrition education. Libby met the challenge with the support of Healthy Places, an initiative of Healthy Chicago. This post is part of a series about Go for the Gold schools.

With their innovative smoothie fundraiser, Libby Elementary made fundraising more creative, healthier and more delicious. Coach and Teacher Ashley Mays  called it an “awesome and successful” way to support the girls’ track team. 

The school made many other positive changes while meeting the Go for the Gold challenge, including implementing nutrition workshops and structured play at recess for kindergarten students and encouraging teachers to integrate physical activity in the classroom. Partnering with Urban Initiatives really made a difference, school leaders said, because the organization was able to gather resources and help the school stay on track with their healthy goals.

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Libby Elementary students took part in creative nutrition education workshops as part of Go for the Gold.

By making health and wellness fun, Libby introduced its students to new resources in the community as well. Kindergarten teacher Carla Martinucci said, “We took our classes on a trip to the Bronzeville Children’s Museum for a health and nutrition exhibit.  It was a great trip, and the museum is a valuable community resource!”

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A field trip to the Bronzeville Children's Museum reinforced healthy lessons about eating and physical activity.

Thanks to Libby Elementary Academy for sharing the story of its success story with us! Stay posted for profiles of other schools that achieved the HealthierUS School Challenge through Go for the Gold.

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Libby Elementary Academy’s achievement in Go for the Gold was supported by Healthy Places, an initiative of Healthy Chicago. Healthy Places is a collaborative effort between the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative, Cooperative Agreement Number 1U58DP002376‐01. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors/organizers and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.