The purchase of the bike—a stationary bike with a blender attached—was made possible as a result of a grant awarded the school through the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program. (FUTP60 is a partnership between the National Dairy Council and the National Football League to encourage children to eat healthy foods and get more active.)
While the bike is new, the event is not. Family Fun Fitness Night is a popular annual event designed to get families out and active, according to Susan Maddox, Lake Sybelia Elementary’s Healthy School Team Leader.
At the opening of the event, one of the parents will lead fellow parents and children in warm-up exercises. Then, everyone will move to the field where a temporary track is set up, Ms. Maddox said. Kids and parents—some pushing strollers—then run and/or walk laps.
Children are given a colored Popsicle stick at the end of each lap with colors representing each of the six grade levels at the school. Then, the grade level with the most sticks wins a smoothie party, she said. The smoothie party replaces pizza parties of the past.
After the run/walk at Family Fun Fitness Night, participants will be able to pick up water and fruit—provided by Publix, make and sample fruit smoothies and collect giveaways provided by FUTP60.