Stetson Elementary School Wellness

  • Stetson Elementary School continues to promote, provide, and participate in numerous health and wellness initiatives for students, staff, and the community. We've been recognized as one of the top eleven healthiest schools in Colorado. On April 24 at the Colorado Education Initiative Summit, SES was awarded $1,000 for its efforts in promoting health and wellness in the school.

    Our students remain active. They keep their brains sharp with brain break activities. They also enjoy participating in Girls on the Run, Landsharks, various team sports offered through community organizations, and walk and bike to school days. Other recent efforts included:

    100 Mile Club
    The before school 100-mile walking club accumulated more than 2,200 miles during the 2014-2015 school year. We had 13 students surpass the 100-mile mark. Students received incentives for walking various distances: 25 miles for a t-shirt; 50 miles, a golden pencil; 75 miles, a bracelet; and 100 miles, a medal. All participants received a certificate. The goal for next year is to increase participant numbers to 75.

    Garden Club
    Some 26 students from first through fifth grades participated in the planning, planting, watering, composting and general care of the school garden. Students grew green beans, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, melons and other vegetables. With funds from the Falcon Education Foundation, the school purchase a compost tumbler and an indoor greenhouse. A Medicaid grant, along with donations from Walmart, Home Depot, Boy Scouts and parents, are responsible for the development of the garden. In addition to the garden, students in kindergarten through third grade each have a flower box.

    Fuel Up to Play 60
    For the third year in a row, Stetson Elementary School has become a Fuel Up to Play 60 "touchdown school." In the fall of 2014, members of the club attended a celebration at Invesco Field at Mile High with Broncos player David Bruton. Students in this club help promote physical activity as the 100 Mile Club, and healthy eating with smoothie parties. Stetson was awarded a grant from the Western Dairy Association to pay for the incentives of the 100 Mile Club and to purchase two smoothie machines.

    Staff Wellness
    Staff members participated in the districtwide employee fitness event, know as the FitBit challenge.

    Community Wellness
    For the second year, Stetson Elementary School held its family fit night. Families met with local health and wellness businesses, participated in games, a scavenger hunt, and enjoyed a healthy snack. This event was sponsored by the school’s wellness team and the PTA.

Wellness Policy Overview

  • District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council, should email for additional information.

    Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, classroom rewards, fundraisers

    • All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
    • No candy or sodas are allowed.
    • Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the wellness policy's guidelines.
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
    • Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available. In addition, quality and sanitation standards cannot be controlled.


    Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories

    Non-Food Celebration Ideas

    Cascadian Farm Kid Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar

    Smencils (smell good pencils)

    Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack

    Glow Sticks

    Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn 


    6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers


    Stretch Island Fruit Leather


    Applesauce on the Go 

    Post its in fun shapes

    Fruit cups in 100% juice

    Play dough

    Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

    Stress balls

    Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box

    Seeds for planting 

    Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar

    Lead a Dance Break

    Our commitment to physical activity

    • Physical education is provided in elementary, middle and high school.
    • Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
    • Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
    • Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings.  Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.