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Creating movement: Thousands of northern Colorado kids and teachers pledge to move more, consume less.


For immediate release: May 17, 2013

Nicole Caputo, 970.237.7112,

Creating movement: Thousands of northern Colorado kids and teachers pledge to move more, consume less. 

A movement grows through participation and energy. This movement--the Healthy Kids Club Schools on the Move Challenge--started with two northern Colorado school districts. Nine years later, it has grown to seven school districts from Brighton to Walden encompassing 78 elementary schools and over 12,700 students, staff and family members.

Each February, northern Colorado elementary schools make a pledge to be active and eat healthy.

The Schools on the Move Challenge, a University of Colorado Health program, asks all participants to track healthy habits through 5210.

What is 5210?

Each day participants need to:

  • Eat five servings of fruits and veggies.
  • Limit recreational screen time to less than two hours.
  • Be active for at least one hour.
  • Drink zero sugary drinks.

Prize money is awarded to schools with the highest number of completed 5210 logs. Winners are announced in three different categories, large school, small school and Greeley-area schools. All prize money is used toward P.E. equipment or wellness initiatives.

This year, Healthy Kids Club added a video challenge. Each school had the opportunity to create a video that showcases active, healthy learning. The top three videos were chosen by the community with over 3,500 votes. Video challenge winners are also awarded prize money.

All participating schools have innovative and high energy ways to get kids and staff motivated throughout the month, such as individual challenges and classroom games.

At B.F. Kitchen in Loveland, the school secretary keeps everyone on their toes by tracking down staff and teachers to make sure logs are being filled out. They also had a daily challenge announced each morning to keep the students excited.

"The Schools on the Move Challenge has provided conversations and connections about healthy habits with families. The 5210 language becomes common during the month; it's a new energy that is building positive momentum for this generation," said Kristin Quere, B.F. Kitchen physical education teacher.

"UCHealth's Healthy Kids Club has been teaching kids healthy habits for 15 years," said Laurie Zenner, Healthy Kids Club supervisor. "Healthy kids learn better. It's that simple. Each year, we see more participants and more creative approaches to teaching 5210," said Zenner.

The Schools on the Move is a movement. Read more about how to adopt 5210 in your lifestyle at

The 2013 Schools on the Move Challenge winners:

Top Ten Large Schools
Milliken $1,500
Twombly $1,000
Berthoud $750
Letford $500
Mcgraw $500
Ponderosa $500
Centennial $250
Zach $250
Dunn $250
Cottonwood plains $250

Top Ten Small Schools
BF Kitchen $1,500
Mountain schools $1,000
Irish $750
Carrie Martin $500
Rigfenburgh $500
Monroe $500
Ivy Stockwell $250
Timnath $250
Big Thompson $250
Lincoln $250

Top 3 Greeley/Eaton Schools
Centennial $1,500
Mead $1,000
Eaton $750

Video Challenge
Ponderosa $1,000
Tavelli $750
Irish $500

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