Go for The Gold: “Our Health Creates Who We Are and Our Success”

August 27, 2012 | Written By:

As part of our Go for the Gold celebration, students created artwork and wrote essays about health and wellness at their school.


In her essay, South Loop Elementary eighth grader Mariama Diallo discusses the role school wellness plays in shaping healthy habits and a better future. She takes pride in her healthy school community.

Diallo writes:

For starters, South Loop provides healthy school meals for its 800 students. Daily, a free breakfast is provided to students and we are given the opportunity to choose from a hot  or a cold breakfast. This way, students that were rapidly leaving their homes still have a chance to enjoy the most important meal of the day. . . Next, not only do we have physical education, health, and other sports programs, but we also provide recess. Those extra twenty minutes of freedom mean a lot to children; it provides us with time to run around and exercise daily. This is strongly important in a child and adult’s perspective because it helps engage children into activity and participating and exercising with others. Nothing is possibly healthier than providing kids with the environment’s fresh air and plants.

All in all, when it comes to health, we children and adults should strive in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Our health creates who we are and our success. We have the choice to be healthy.

South Loop was one of 37 Chicago schools recognized for meeting the high standards of the HealthierUS School Challenge in spring 2012. The K-8 school received the Bronze Award.

Stay posted for more student art and essays from this celebration!

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