Mississippi Association of Partners in Education #PartnershipPower
2011 Partnership Excellence Award Johnson Elementary
and Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity
Johnson Elementary and Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity have
been in partnership since 2009 to promote fitness and healthy eating. The
partnership focuses on helping staff and students learn how to live a healthy
lifestyle through wise diet choices and exercise.
Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity’s goal was to enlighten
students about exercise and make it fun. Exercising four days a week with a
fitness instructor has shown students that it does not take much to stay fit.
Students know that as long as they are active and not in front of a TV every
day, it is possible to stay fit. Increased exercise periods for students have
resulted in a decrease in behavior problems and more focus in the classroom.
Most students think they are having an extra day of PE because activities range
from dance to relay races. The students get a great workout and in many cases
learn a new activity.
Not only are students getting fit and focused, but the staff
are also benefiting from a great partnership. Staff members have the option of
going to the fitness center after work to relieve stress by participating in
fitness class or just being able to work out on equipment. Staff members are
excited about coming to work and have demonstrated a great depth of energy
during the day because of improvements in eating habits and increased physical
Duration of partnership: 2 years
Impacts 384 students
Implemented physical fitness into school community 4 days a week, including
dance classes and sports activities. Zumba, fitness instructors lead exercise
classes during the week and offer lessons on fitness, health and diet. Staff
can work out free of charge in gym and also have access to nutritionist. Farmer
visited to discuss agriculture and fresh produce. Volunteers act as mentors for
Results: Students observed
making healthier choices in food items and exercise. Increased student exercise
activity noticed during play periods. Students doing more physical exercise at
home versus watching TV. School attendance has increased while illnesses have
slightly decreased according to school clinic. Stronger collaboration among
teachers since program began.