One of our priorities here at the AHA is to increase and improve physical activity for kids in school. That's why we didn't miss the opportunity to join physical education teachers from across the state at the Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPERD) conference in Cheyenne, held from November 5-7, 2017.
At the conference, the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, along with one of our favorite advocates, 8-year-old CCHD survivor Maverick Schutte, hosted an educational booth for Youth Market events and Advocacy initiatives that aim to increase the level of physical activity in Wyoming public schools.
WAHPERD features physical education teachers from across the state of Wyoming.
Elizabeth Tomlin speaks to WAHPERD conference attendees.
On the evening of November 6, The American Heart Association's Wyoming Youth Market Director, Emily Kirk, Wyoming Government Relations and Community Integration Director, Kristen Waters, and Vice President of Youth Market, Elizabeth Tomlin, presented to a room of more than 100 PE teachers in Wyoming. Their theme focused on getting kids active and eating healthy, so that they learn good habits at a young age.
One way to increase the level of activity in school students in Wyoming is to increase the state’s required physical activity time through policies like the Every Student Succeeds Act. Another way, is in a variety of initiatives through AHA | ASA partnership with Voices for Healthy Kids. Following the presentation, awards were given to the top producing schools for Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. AHA concluded the banquet by awarding WAHPERD $4,691.98 to continue their efforts to ensure that Wyoming children have access to and know the importance of an active lifestyle.