Local Students Participate in Active Kids Summit

On March 4, nationally recognized health and wellness experts joined together at Florida Hospital’s Health Village campus in Orlando to discuss how initiatives such as Let’s Move! Active Schools and local programs can improve children’s health and fitness.  Among the experts were students from Lakemont Elementary and Winter Park High School, who shared their stories about how the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program and other school based health initiatives have helped them perform better in and out of school.

Owen Clark, 5th grade student at Lakemont Elementary and FUTP60 Program Ambassador, shared a story about how he was able to get a friend of his, who wasn’t very active, to move more through informal football games.

“Once my friend started playing football, he felt better which helped him listen better in class and increase his grades,” Owen said to the group of experts.

Riley Bannatyne, Senior at Winter Park High School and FUTP60 Program Ambassador, talked about how being healthy helps her in and out of school.

“Eating well helps me perform better in academics and athletics,” said Riley, who is also a member of the Winter Park High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team.

Additional students from Lakemont Elementary and Winter Park High School participated in the summit.  One student sat at each table, providing valuable insight into what students value during brainstorming sessions.  As one student mentioned, “If my teacher doesn’t know about brain breaks, I tell her about them.  Pretty soon, the whole class is asking for them.”

Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.), who transformed the Army’s system for basic training and now serves as Florida Hospital’s Senior Vice President, Global Partnering, Leadership Development and Health Performance Strategies, spoke about the importance and benefits of instilling healthy habits early.

“There’s a direct correlation between good health and good education,” said Hertling, who serves as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Second Annual Florida PTA Healthy Children Healthy Future Summit

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Florida PTA is proud to present the Second Annual Healthy Children, Healthy Future State Summit, November 13th and 14th. In keeping with the PTA’s long history of advocating for the physical and emotional well-being of every child, Florida PTA has reached out to the medical community, state agencies, community organizations, and school districts to work collaboratively in this endeavor.

The Healthy Children, Healthy Future State Summit will build on this effort by bringing together PTA leaders, medical professionals, educators, and health & wellness experts from around the state to explore the connection between the physical and emotional wellness of our children and academic achievement. We will learn and share strategies to create, support, and maintain a healthy environment within our schools, communities, and homes.

Topics to include:

Impact of Functional / Educational Health Outcomes

Healthy Sleep, Healthy Learning

LGBTQ Student Resources and Support

Child Trafficking

Child Abuse Prevention Education

Friday, November 13th (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Location: FL PTA State Office, 1747 Orlando Central Parkway, FL 32809

Saturday, November 14th (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)

Location: Embassy Suites  5835 T G Lee Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822