The Texas Association of Partners in Education recently recognized Tyler ISD and Northeast Texas Public Health District with the TAPE Crystal Award for Community Partnership in Health.
They received the award in Austin for their Fit City Tyler collaboration and implementation of 5-2-1-0 Goes to School, a childhood obesity prevention program.
The TAPE Crystal Award recognizes partnerships between communities and school districts that prove to have a positive impact on student health awareness and physical fitness.
The 5-2-1-0 Goes to School initiative is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that was created in Maine.
Each of the numbers corresponds to a healthy lifestyle behavior: The “5” encourages the daily consumption of five fruits and vegetables, “2” represents limiting screen time to less than two hours, “1” represents one hour of daily physical activity, and “0” promotes the importance of avoiding sugar-sweetened beverages and liquids that contain high amounts of sugar.
“The Northeast Texas Public Health District is proud to have partnered with the Tyler Independent School District,” said Terrence Ates, NET Health project coordinator. “Our recognition from TAPE signifies the benefit that this collaboration has generated for our individual organizations and for the communities which we serve.”
The district integrated 5-2-1-0 Goes to School into the current Tyler ISD health education curriculum as a supplement to the lesson plans of physical education and health teachers. Evaluation of the program yielded a significant increase in knowledge related to the consumption of fresh produce, while showing slight gains in the students’ awareness of their daily sedentary screen time and in their consumption of sugary beverages.
“I am so proud that the hard work and support that NET Health and the Fit City Coalition have given to our district staff is being recognized,” said Angela Duitch, Tyler ISD coordinator of TV/video operations and Fit City representative. “I cannot thank these partners enough for their effort in helping our students learn healthy choices that will become part of their lives.”
ABOUT FIT CITY
The Fit City Challenge was established in the summer of 2010 when the Tyler Morning Telegraph collaborated with the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism, creating a series of articles on obesity.
Soon, a coalition was formed comprising representatives of the medical, education, government, business and nonprofit communities. The goal has been to inspire and challenge individuals, families, businesses and communities to take the first of many steps toward healthier lifestyles.
Sub-committees also were formed, to tackle the mission statement of the organization: Making Tyler a fit city one step, one bite and one health-conscious decision at a time. Several initiatives have resulted from the collaborations, including the 5-2-1-0 program in East Texas schools, regional weight loss challenges, sponsored races, public forums and promotion of health-related messages.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph, along with KYTX CBS19, continues to partner with community entities to report on obesity and healthy living.