Let's Move Boise's latest project takes 'Action' at Garfield Elementary!
A new after-school program at Boise’s Garfield Elementary School is engaging kids in physical activity and healthy food thanks to partnerships with Let’s Move Boise and other city and nation wide entities.
Established in 2011, Let’s Move Boise is a local extension of the National Let’s Move initiative established in 2008. Since its inception, Let’s Move Boise has organized successful programs focusing on physical activity and nutrition such as “Walk 180”, a Mayor’s Walking Challenge in 2012, two school garden programs - “Just Add Water” and “Grow a Row” – in 2013, and Child Care Workshops and a Recipe Contest with Boise School District in 2014.
In 2015, the Let’s Move Boise steering committee decided on a new direction: creating and implementing a Let’s Move Community Center focused on supporting nutrition programs and increasing physical activity opportunities for at risk youth.
The new program provides free after-school activities for children in grades 1-6 at Garfield, a Title 1 and Community Eligibility Provision school which serves breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost.
Boise Parks & Recreation, the Boise Schools Education Foundation, St. Luke’s, United Way and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health each provided $5,000 to fund the launch of the new program.
Beginning in September of 2016, Let’s Move Boise activities included nutrition classes provided by University of Idaho 4-H and the Boise School District nutrition staff, gardening lessons from the Boise Urban Garden School, a youth sports league through Boise Parks & Recreation, ecological activities by the Foothills Learning Center, and Hula Hoop Dance instruction.
In the Spring of 2017, various programs will be provided by community partners such as St. Luke’s Fit One Kids and Safe Kids, Safe Routes to School, Boise Bike Project, First Tee of Idaho, The Idaho Tennis Association, and the Idaho Food Bank.
"Our goal is to provide a variety of fun, free supervised out-of-school hours for kids in an accessible site in their neighborhoods,” said Karen Hostetter, youth recreation coordinator for Boise Parks & Recreation.
About 60 children per day are attending the after-school program operated by Boise Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Boise School District. Americorps volunteer Jeremy Overson is the site coordinator.
The new program is the seventh after-school site operated by Boise Parks & Recreation at Boise School District’s Title 1 schools.
Garfield Kid City
at Garfield Community Center
Thank you to the organizations that have made this program possible...
of Let's Move! [Boise]
A Collaborative Organization
Let’s Move Boise was launched in 2010 with the goal of combating childhood obesity by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity. The robust collaboration of far-reaching organizations is led by a steering committee with representatives of:
• Boise Parks & Recreation
• Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health
• Boise School District Food & Nutrition Services
• Central District Health Department
• Boise Urban Garden School
• Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
• Girls on the Run
Let’s Move Boise focuses on five goals identified by Let’s Move Cities, Towns & Counties, a program of the National League of Cities.
Partners have come together to coordinate a variety of free or low-cost programs and activities that meet the objectives of the five goals outlined by Let’s Move Cities, Towns & Counties.
• A Grow a Row program to encourage families to plant gardens and share fresh produce with food pantries
• Free workshops to educate child care providers about the importance of healthy food, physical activities and reducing screen time
• Free of low-cost family events ($1 skate days at Idaho IceWorld, discount days at Zoo Boise, open gym days at local schools)
• Promotional campaigns to publicize the importance of eating breakfast and encourage children to participate in free breakfast and lunch programs at school
• Just Add Water school garden workshops for teachers, parents and administrators
• School lunch recipe contest
In 2013, Let’s Move Boise initiated Walk 150, a citywide program endorsed by Mayor Bieter to encourage kids and adults to walk 150 miles in conjunction with the city’s 150-year anniversary celebration. Partners include the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Statesman, the city’s daily newspaper. A website – www.walk150.org – was created providing a resource for participants to track their miles.
SEE MORE OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE LET’S MOVE BOISE ANNUAL REPORT
The Let’s Move Boise Annual Report recaps the programs and initiatives for fiscal year 2013.