Fire Up Your Feet, Amerigroup Foundation Reward Active Clark County Kids and Families
Physical activity is essential to supporting the physical, mental, and emotional health of students, families, schools, and communities in Clark County. Thanks to a $15,000 Amerigroup Foundation grant to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Fire Up Your Feet Challenge, students, families, and school staff at six Clark County K-8 schools have earned cash awards for their school to support walking, biking, and physical activity programs.
Between April 15 and May 15, the K-8 schools participated in the friendly competition by tracking the minutes they spent walking, biking, and doing other types of physical activity. Schools could win awards in several categories, including most overall participation, 60 Minutes a Day, Healthy Clark County, and more.
The following Nevada schools won awards in the Spring Challenge:
Nate Mack Elementary School - First Place, Healthy Clark County, 60 Minutes a Day 2nd Place ($1,800)
Myrtle Tate Elementary School - Second Place ($800)
Grant Bowlder - Third Place ($550)
R Guild Gray Elementary School - Runner Up, Comeback Award ($500)
Jack Dailey Elementary School - Runner Up, 60 Minutes a Day First Place ($800)
Grant Sawyer Middle School - Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day Award ($500)
“We are proud to support the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Fire Up Your Feet Challenge to ensure that Southern Nevadans stay motivated to increase their physical activity thru fun exercise that will hopefully lead to a lifelong commitment to fitness,” said Eric Lloyd, Amerigroup Nevada president.Fire Up Your Feet is a core program of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which works to create healthy communities by advancing safe walking, bicycling, and physical activity. Winning schools use the Fire Up Your Feet award money to purchase PE and sports equipment, install bike racks, or support other physical activity and walking and biking programs.“Each year, we hear inspiring stories from schools that used the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge to engage students, families, and school staff around traditions that support healthy lifestyles like Walk or Bike to School Day – often leading to permanent changes that make schools and streets safer and healthier for kids. The whole community truly benefits when schools embrace a culture of physical activity,” said Cass Isidro, executive director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
About Fire Up Your Feet
Fire Up Your Feet is a core program of Safe Routes to School National Partnership, available to any elementary or middle school (grades K-8) nationally. The program offers free resources including an online activity tracker, and a school fundraising organizer, all aimed at increasing physical activity before, during and after school for students, parents, staff and teachers. The National PTA is actively partnering to encourage family engagement to support both child and family health.
About the Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and works to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from school and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. For more information, go to saferoutespartnership.org.
About Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Amerigroup and its affiliated health plans serve. Amerigroup Foundation funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Amerigroup Foundation, please visit www.anthem.foundation.