Stetson Elementary School Wellness

  • Stetson's 2017-18 Wellness Success Story

    Stetson Elementary School continues to promote, provide, and participate in numerous health and wellness initiatives for students, staff, and the community. Stetson has been recognized for a fifth time as one of the top healthiest schools in Colorado. On June 7, 2018 at the Healthy School Summit, SES will be awarded $300 for its efforts in promoting health and wellness in the school. 

    Our students remain active while participating in many of the following programs.

    Physical Activity

    Stetson understands the importance of physical activity during the school day and its effect on academic achievement, behavior and attendance. More than 2,000 physical activity breaks have been incorporated into the classroom using GoNoodle.  Most classrooms report doing daily physical activity in the classroom with 10 incorporating 25 or more minutes of PA each day. 22 classrooms participate in the schoolwide “Workout Wednesday” routine.

    School Nutrition

    75 students participate in the school breakfast and 280 students participate in the school lunch program on a daily basis. 260 students participated in a taste test at lunch, which included cottage cheese with pineapple, yogurt parfait, and veggies with ranch dressing.

    100 Mile Club

    The before school 100-mile walking club accumulated more than 2,200 miles during the 2017-18 school year. We had 12 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.

    Garden Club

    28 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. Over 200 pounds of produce was donated to Care and Share. Canned dilly beans, dill pickles, and green beans were donated to the FEF annual auction. With funds from the Falcon Education Foundation, the school purchased materials to install rain barrels, a drip system, and build hoop garden beds with hail guards. A Medicaid grant, along with donations from Walmart, Lowe’s, and ACE, Boy Scouts and parents, are responsible for the addition of 9 more raised garden beds. Preschool took responsibility of two garden beds and grew a pumpkin that weighed more than 90 pounds. This spring garden club will have a seedling and seed sale after school to raise funds to purchase tomato and pepper plants. In addition to the garden, students in kindergarten through third grade each have a flower box.

    Fuel Up to Play 60

    This program encourages students to be active for 60 minutes each day and eat healthy. There are over 250 students participating in the program and have completed over 4,000 online challenges. A 5th grade student has been invited to attend the Student Ambassador Leadership Summit in Atlanta.
    For the sixth year, Stetson Elementary School has become a Fuel Up to Play 60 "Touchdown School." In the fall of 2017, members of the club attended a celebration at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with Broncos cheerleaders, players, and local dairy farmers. Students in attendance participated in a football cleat design for Virgil Green. Travis a 4th grade student had his design was selected and Virgil Green wore those cleats on December 1st when the Broncos played the Miami Dolphins. Over 600 students/staff/parents/ community participated in a Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick Off Assembly with Miles on November 29th. Travis was recognized for his football cleat design at this assembly. 13 Fuel Up to Play 60 students and 2 program advisors visited a local dairy farm in Florence, Colorado.

    Staff Wellness

    Staff members participated in the districtwide employee “Step Challenge”. Stetson finished 4th out all district schools. 41 staff members have participated in Mindfulness class, Hot on Yoga classes, and a staff “Boot Camp” fitness class.

    Community Wellness

    Stetson had 61 students, parents, and staff participate in the 1st annual D4.9K walk/run held at Stetson Elementary School. Students and family members participate in the annual Walk and Bike to School Days.

    Community Service

    Jump Rope for Heart raised $9,850 for the American Heart Association and saved 197 lives. 16 students/staff/parents participated in the Care and Share volunteer night. The Fuel Up to Play 60 Team is responsible for the annual “Harvest of Love Food” drive and “Take a Turkey to Work Day”. Stetson collected over 20,000 pounds of food for Care and Share and over 50 turkeys.

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.

    A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here

    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 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.
    • Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.

    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.