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Power Up

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What is Power Up?

Power Panther and Wellness Policies
How does Power Up fit into my school’s wellness policy?
Why kids need Power Panther Pals
Why do Kansas kids need Power Up?
Who can participate?
Who can participate?
Who can apply?
Who can apply?
Cost to participate
Does it cost anything to participate in Power Up?
How do I apply?
How do I apply?
Download current materials
Download current materials.

 

What is Power Up!?

Power Up is an 8-week health education program for middle school students in grades 6-8. This program is designed to equip students with the knowledge to make healthier choices by encouraging consumption of healthy foods, supporting regular physical activity, teaching students to make their own healthy snacks, and building healthy self-esteem.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Kansas Team Nutrition is offering
Opens in new windowPower Up to all Kansas schools that participate in at least one of the USDA's Child Nutrition programs (National School Lunch Program, School Brekfast Program and/or Special Milk Program), and reach students in grades 6, 7 and 8.

Power Up was developed in 2009 through a partnership between Kansas Team Nutrition and the National Kidney Foundation Serving Kansas and Western Missouri. This program utilizes the message EAT SMART. PLAY HARD. ENERGIZE YOURSELF. to encourage students to choose healthy foods, get regular physical activity, prepare their own healthy snacks, and build healthy self-esteem. Students are also encouraged to become involved in the planning and implementation of wellness initiatives in their own school.

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How does Power Up! fit into my school’s wellness policy?

Power Up is designed to address multiple areas of the Kansas School Wellness Policy Model Guidelines.  Participating students receive 8 hours of health education with topics that include:

  • Food groups
  • Importance of eating a variety of foods
  • Serving sizes
  • Relationship of food intake (energy input) and physical activity (energy output)
  • Nutrition Facts Label reading
  • Choosing healthful foods using cafeteria meals, vended items and a la carte items as examples
  • Basic food preparation skills.

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Why do Kansas' kids need Power Up!?

The incidence of obesity among children has been rapidly increasing in the United States.  The percentage of children who are overweight has more than doubled since 1980, and that percentage has more than tripled among adolescents.  Although children have fewer weight-related health problems than adults, overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults.  Overweight and obese adults are at risk for a number of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer.  In addition to the physical health problems, overweight and obese students are also at risk of developing low self-esteem and self-blame as students must live in a society that continues to stigmatize this condition.  These psychological conditions may manifest themselves as impairments in students’ academic success or social functioning.

It can be difficult to appreciate just how significant overweight and obesity can be in children, especially since many weight-related health problems do not develop in childhood; however, there are a number of nutrition-related factors that can have a considerable impact in the classroom.  Studies have shown that “poor dietary choices, inadequate nutrient intake, and morning fasting have been linked to lower motivation and attentiveness in school, as well as lower academic performance.” 

Academic achievement and student health are directly connected.  Studies have found a link between physical activity, nutrition and improvements in test scores for students: “…research evidence has concluded that physical activity and nutrition significantly affect student achievement.”  Power Up provides an opportunity for educators to address both improved nutrition and physical activity habits to ensure that Kansas' students have every opportunity to achieve optimal health and academic success. 

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Who can participate?

The program can be implemented in regular classrooms, after-school programs, or in a specific subject-matter class (such as PE, FACS, Science etc.) in a middle school setting where students move from class to class throughout the day.  Applicants must be located in the state of Kansas and must participate in at least one of the USDA's Child Nutrition programs, which include the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and the Special Milk Program. Participating students must be enrolled in 6th, 7th or 8th grade.  

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Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include school administrators, classroom teachers, teacher aides, food service personnel, school nurses, counselors, other school staff, community partners such as Extension personnel, community health professionals or parent volunteers in Kansas.  This program can also be used by student teachers in collaboration with their assigned classroom teacher. If the applicant is not a certified classroom teacher, all instruction must be under the direction of a certified teacher.

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Does it cost anything to participate in Power Up?

All materials, supplies and funds for purchase of food and supplies are provided by the Kansas State Department of Education through U.S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition Training Grant funds.  All materials and resources needed for program implementation will be mailed to each participating classroom in October.  There is no charge to participants for these materials, and teachers may keep all remaining materials (including the Implementation Manual) at the conclusion of the program. 

Kansas Team Nutrition is able to provide sub-grant funding for schools selected at $5 per student to be used in the implemenation of program activities, specifically cooking/tasting activities. More information on how sub-grant funding can be spent can be found in the application materials below.

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How do I apply?

Applications are are no longer being accepted for the 2014-15 school year.

Do you want to be notified when new programs are available? Send us an email with your name, mailing address, and phone number and we'll add you to our mailing list! 

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Download Power Up Materials

This link accesses theOpens in new window 2014-15 Power Up Implementation Manual.

This link accesses the Opens in new window2014-15 Power Up Student Activity Book.

 

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