Fire Up Your Feet is the go to resource for families, teachers, and school staff who want to encourage kids to walk, play, and get active before, during, and after the school day. Families and school staff can track their daily physical activity during the month of October for the chance to earn Challenge Awards to support wellness initiatives at school, such as bike racks, playground equipment, or a salad bar.
Walk to School Day is just four weeks away! On October 9, thousands of families will show their support for healthy, active communities by walking or rolling to school. Walk to School Day can also serve as a kick-off for your school’s Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge – here’s how.
- First, bring Fire Up Your Feet flyers to your school PTA or PTO meeting, plan a meeting with your school principal, and when possible, invite your local Safe Routes to School or Walk to School Day coordinator. Let them know that over $50,000 in Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge Awards will be distributed to over 100 schools across the nation, and that these awards can go a long way to support either your school’s year-round walk or bike to school efforts, or the health and wellness initiative of your school’s choosing.
- Next, encourage parents, staff and students to register to participate in the Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge. On Walk to School Day, set up a registration table and remind them to enter their minutes spent walking or rolling on that day and once per week during the Challenge period between October 1-31. Check out these helpful videos for step-by-step tips on how to register and make the most of the easy-to-use activity tracker.
- Finally, keep it going for the rest of the month by holding weekly ‘Walk and Roll Wednesdays’ or ‘Fire Up Your Feet Fridays’ to encourage walking or biking to school. Conclude with a costumed Halloween march to school on October 31.
We all win when we help grow healthy, high performing students at our schools and Walk and Roll to School Day is a step in the right direction!