Through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant awarded to Covington Independent Public School, the Health and Wellness Collaborative was created.  The Health and Wellness collaborative is comprised of community stakeholders dedicated to the mission of providing school-aged children and their families with health and wellness awareness to empower them to lead nutritionally healthy and more active lifestyles. This committee’s main goal is to decrease the overall BMI percentage of students considered to be overweight or obese.

Upon receiving the Carol M. White grant in October 2010, the body mass index percentage has decreased by 6% (grades K-12). To meet grant requirements, the following measurements are obtained quarterly:

  • The percentage of students who engage in 60-minutes of physical activity.
  • The percentage of students who achieve age-appropriate cardiovascular levels.
  • The percentage of students who consume fruit two or more times per day and vegetables three or more times per day.
  • The percentage of students with age-appropriate abdominal strength and endurance.
  • The percentage of students with age-appropriate upper body strength and endurance.
  • The percentage of students with age-appropriate joint flexibility.

Since the baseline fitness assessment, the following progress has been achieved:

  • 30% increase in the number of students who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity
  • 6% increase in the number of students achieving age-appropriate cardiovascular levels
  • 17% increase in the number of students consuming fruits two or more times per day and vegetables three or more times per day
  • 26% increase in the number of students with age-appropriate upper body strength and endurance

Fitness Rocks

Fitness Rocks is embedded into each of our after-school programs as well as our summer program.  Students are provided a minimum of 45 minutes of physical activity each day.  Program staff follows the research based SPARK curriculum to ensure every student is active and learns to live a physically active lifestyle.  

Family fitness nights

Family fitness nights were held at all five elementary schools and on the Holmes campus. The events included educational booths sponsored by local organizations (Northern Kentucky Health Department, Campbell and Kenton County YMCA, City of Covington, Covington Fire Department, Covington Police Department, etc.), as well as fitness activities for the family (Zumbatomic, rock wall, jump rope & pulse station, etc.).

Wellness programs in action

Aloria is a 2nd grader that attends Latonia Elementary and lives in City Heights. Aloria’s mother knows that her daughter’s BMI percentage is in the “overweight” range. Aloria’s mom encourages her daughter to exercise. Aloria cannot walk or ride her bike to school, so she must ride the bus. In the evenings when Aloria returns from school, she and her mother go on walks together. Weather permitting, they walk down “the hill”, then back up to their home in City Heights. When the weather is rainy or too cold, Aloria and her mother walk up and down the steps in their apartment building. These are the only physical activity options that Aloria has and she and her mother make the best of their circumstances.