PE & Wellness
- 4th Grade Swim
- 5th Grade "Choosing the Best" Program
- Dairy Max/Fuel Up to Play 60
- Go Noodle
- Health & Wellness
- American Heart Association
- CATCH Program
- Dallas Fitness Stars
- Elks Hoop Shoot & Scholarships
- The First Tee Greater Dallas
- Outdoor Walking Track
Fourth-grade students throughout the district attend the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District Natatorium for during the School Year.
Location: 1334 West Valwood Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75006
Main Office Phone: 972-968-5667
Welcome to the CFBISD 4th Grade Swim Program!
This is a great opportunity for all of our fourth graders in the district to participate a Water Safety Program as part of their Elementary Physical Education (PE) program. Each Elementary School will be given a one-week session during the year to participate in this program.
During the week our High School Swim and Diving Coaches and the Natatorium Supervisor will teach proper swimming techniques, use of safety equipment that is at most pools, appropriate behavior in and around the pool, and beginner diving techniques. Each student will receive instruction based on their current level of proficiency and comfortability.
We welcome parents/guardians of students to join us on your student’s final day of the 4th Grade Swim Program so they can show off all the skills they have learned. There will be a designated area for parents/guardians to sit as they watch their student(s).
If you have questions please feel free to contact the CFBISD Natatorium Main Office, listed above.
What happens before your fourth graders swim week?
- Permission Form will be sent home from the PE Coach to be signed.
- Appropriate Swim Attire flyer will be sent home.
- Contact Information for the CFBISD Natatorium will be provided.
What should your fourth grader bring with them everyday to 4th Grade Swim?
- Each student will need to provide their own swim suit and towel.
- Make sure that their suit is appropriate for swimming/diving (fits appropriately, stays on during swimming & diving activities, etc.).
- Goggles and a swim cap, optional.
- Bag to put wet swim suit and towel in.
- Hair ties to keep their hair out of their face.
- Jewelry to be left at home.
Choosing the Best is a character building, decision making, abstinence-focused education curriculum for elementary and middle school students mandated by Senate Bill 19.
- Abstinence education for CFBISD students gives our children the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding risky behaviors.
- Through decision-making programs such as Choosing the Best, there has been a 13% decrease in teen sexual activity since 1991 across the United States.
- CFBISD teachers, nurses, and counselors are here to help your child to make informed decisions. Your involvement as parents can make the difference in your child’s future.
5th Grade Program:
There are 6 lessons for students about making appropriate personal decisions. Each lesson follows the health TEKS required by the state. A short video segment accompanies each lesson.
- Deciding on Your Future
- Figuring Out Friendships and Relationships
- Avoiding Unhealthy Relationships
- Identifying the Risks
- Choosing the Best Way
- Learning How to Say NO
This program is the most successful with parental involvement:
- Students need to be educated about good decision making both at home and at school.
- Students need open lines of communication with their parents and teachers.
- Parents are 3 times more influential in a teen’s life than their friends.
Rewards for Informed Decisions:
- Teens will have the freedom to pursue the dreams of a lifetime.
- Teens will be free from the concerns of STD’s and teen pregnancy.
- Teens are encouraged to approach their parents or other adults with questions about appropriate decision making.
Dairy MAX, Inc. is a local non-profit dairy council, representing more than 950 dairy farm families to 31 million people across southwest Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. Dairy MAX communicates the importance of dairy in a nutrient-rich diet, fosters innovation in dairy promotion and educates about farming and industry practices. To foster a healthier society, Dairy MAX focuses on collaboration and outreach that is rooted in timely, science-based nutrition information and research. The National Dairy Council, local dairy councils like Dairy MAX, and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA launched a program in 2009 called Fuel Up to Play 60. FUTP 60 empowers students to fuel up with nutrient foods such as low fat/non-fat dairy, fruit, veggies, and whole grains and participate in physical activity for 60 minutes each day.
Fuel Up To Play 60 offers grant funding opportunities to help schools make sustainable changes to create healthier school environments. Through funding from Dairy MAX, all twenty-six (26) CFBISD elementary schools received over $150K in grants.
We are extremely grateful that Dairy MAX has chosen to partner with and support our district. The support from Dairy MAX has enriched the lives of our students and contributed to experiences that promote the academic and social development of our students producing a strong, healthy learning environment.
Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.101 states that a school district must annually assess the physical fitness of students enrolled in grade three or higher. The fitnessgram assessment consists of health-related physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and body composition. During the month of November all 3rd – 5th grade students are assessed and each student’s score is compared to Healthy Fitness Zone® (HFZ) standards that are both age- and gender-specific.
Go Noodle Partners with CFB through Children’s Health
Children’s HealthSM expands throughout Texas in partnership with leading provider of online games and movement videos for kids.
DALLAS – Children’s Health, the leading pediatric heath care system in North Texas, has expanded the reach of its school-based health programs to Carrollton-Farmers Branch. The Expansion extends as far south as San Antonio and as far east as Tyler. The sponsorship allows children in nearly 300 school districts, including more than 1,400 elementary schools across Texas, to move to better health and learning. GoNoodle’s online movement videos get kids running, jumping, dancing, stretching, and practicing mindfulness through three- to five-minute moderate to vigorous physical activities that students perform next to their desks. Helping channel classroom energy, interactive physical movement is proven to improve student health, boost cognitive processing, focus, and academic performance.
“As an established and trusted health care resource in North Texas with more than a century of history providing quality care, Children’s Health is proud to bring the innovative online tool GoNoodle to new classrooms throughout Texas,” said Danielle Wesley, senior director of school health programs. “We will even leverage our expertise in pediatric health care to create new content for GoNoodle to meet the unique needs of teachers and families.”
Accessible online, GoNoodle’s short movement videos incorporate kinesthetic and active learning principles to put kids in a ready-to-learn state of mind. Already sponsoring GoNoodle in the Allen, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney and Plano independent school districts, Children’s Health brings the program at no cost to the school or student as they sharpen their minds and grow. GoNoodle activities range from high-energy to calming movements that help teachers channel student energy for good while incorporating math, spelling, and vocabulary. Activities can be used throughout the school day and personalized by teachers to meet specific educational objectives that align learning and health.
Through the Children’s Health partnership in Texas, GoNoodle is now accessible to:
1, 481 schools
297 school districts
“As we strive to help teachers, schools and parents raise healthy children, we are excited to bring GoNoodle to more students than ever before through our partnership with Children’s Health,” said Scott McQuigg, co-founder, and CEO of GoNoodle. “Children’s Health will help expand our offerings at the intersection of education technology, wellness, and digital media, ultimately improving health outcomes for children throughout Texas.”
To use GoNoodle, teachers need to have a computer with an Internet connection and a shared screen such as a projector or interactive whiteboard. Texas teachers in the sponsored areas have access to over 120 online movement videos, including exclusive GoNoodle PLUS videos that bring movement and core subjects together to develop fluency in grade-specific math and English language arts topics. To learn more about school-based initiatives at Children’s Health, including the system’s partnership with GoNoodle, please visit www.childrens.com/gonoodle.
Health and wellness are essential to support our students’ educational successes. With the current national childhood obesity crises, physical health, diet, and exercise are vital to healthy lifestyles for all youth. Research shows that if students are introduced to healthy lifestyles at a young age, a higher percentage of them will maintain healthy habits both into and throughout adulthood.
“Hidden” Reasons for the Obesity Epidemic of Our Generation
Multiple factors affect teens and adults alike today as they navigate the territory of food, and all things associated with it, especially caloric intake.
Subtle differences in foods, packaging, and portions add more daily calories to our diet than that of our parents’ generation without us realizing it.
Eating Habits… Then and Now
- In the 1950’s…
- The average hamburger weighed 2.8 oz. Today it is 4.3 oz.
- A bottle of soda was 8 oz. Today it is 16 oz.
- A chocolate bar was just 4 oz. Today it is 7 oz.
- A snack consisting of potato chips and a soda averaged 140 calories less than the same snack today.
The Foods Today Are Different Than Those of 20 or 30 Years Ago…
- Many of today’s foods have high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient to replace sugar.
- “Supersizing” takes place at the grocery store as well as at the drive-thru.
- Trans Fat helps baked goods last on the supermarket shelves but also increases cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
- Fruits and Vegetables don’t contain all the nutrients that they once did due to efforts to achieve higher yields and faster production.
- Today’s chicken is higher in fat than in protein.
- The average person drinks 450 calories per day (and much of that has high fructose corn syrup)
- The FDA has approved over 3,000 “safe” food additives.
Fighting the Portion Distortion of Today…
- Unless you are using Grandma’s good china that is already small because of the era in which it was made, buy, and then use, smaller plates. You will eat less but still be full.
- Use the small 100 calorie snack bags. If you eat from a larger one and “stop” on your own, you will eat an average of 20 % more.
- Use tall, thin glasses instead of short wide ones. You will pour less into it.
- When dining out, either divide the entrée in half and ask for a take-out box immediately or eat half and then drink a glass of water and wait about ten minutes to eat the rest. Your stomach will have had time to digest the food and see if you have had enough or not.
Recommended Caloric Intake…
- For men, the recommended daily caloric intake for weight maintenance is between 2,000 and 2,500 calories per day
- For women, the recommended daily caloric intake for weight maintenance is between 1,500 and 2,000 calories per day
- For children, the recommended daily caloric intake for weight maintenance is between 1,500 and 1,800 calories per day
In order to lose just one pound…
- To lose one pound of body weight, consume 3,500 calories less. Over the course of one week, this means reducing your intake by about 500 calories per day.
- If you exercise and burn another 500 calories per day, then you will reduce your intake by 1,000 calories.
- Too much? Try a different approach. Try 250 calories less and combine it with 250 calories burned while exercising.
- Over the course of a year, climb two extra flights of stairs per day (3500 calories), manually change the TV, park an extra 200 yards away from the office, eat 5 fewer tablespoons of salad dressing per week.
When Shopping at the Supermarket…
- Look at the product label and see what is listed first.
- If trying to decide between two similar products, pick the one with fewer ingredients.
- Understand the not so subtle differences between verbiage such as whole grain and multigrain.
- Avoid foods that have been stripped of their natural ingredients. Vegetable powder is not the same as actual vegetables.
- While shopping, look at the top shelf and the bottom shelf, as well as along the outer walls of the store. You are likely to find the healthiest products in these areas.
Think Before you Purchase…
- Good food serves as fuel for your body and gives you energy. Do you really need that bag of cookies on Aisle 3?
- Eat before you go shopping at the grocery store so that you are concentrating on purchasing only what you need.
- Step out of the center aisles of the store and look over the fresh produce on the outer aisles.
- Remember to look at the contents of the product you wish to purchase. Are they good for you?
- Focus on what is possible on a daily basis, not impossible.
- Little changes can make big differences over the course of time.
- Successful weight loss or maintenance takes monitoring and patience. Don’t give up if you don’t succeed on your first attempt.
The American Heart Association is dedicated to a healthier lifestyle for every one of all ages. Through its Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart program, students in CFB use educational materials from the American Heart Association to learn the importance of living heart healthy and giving back to the community. More than 10,000 families heard the AHA Heart healthy message last year and students in CFB raised over $100K for the American Heart Association. The AHA and CFB would like to recognize all elementary and middle schools for their participation.
At the elementary level as part of Senate Bill 19, all students in the state of Texas participate in structured physical activity for a minimum of 135 minutes per week – hence, the CATCH program. The time in physical education is included but homeroom teachers supplement with additional minutes during the day for our students.
Healthy Choices = A Healthy CFB
A Collaboration of Fitness, Nutrition, and Health for all students.
Goals of a Healthy CFB
- Exercise, healthy dietary patterns, and positive life choices will facilitate the quest of all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to achieve their full academic potential.
- Knowledge and skills introduced through Fitness, Nutrition, Health, and Wellness lessons to the students during their tenure in CFBISD will enable them to make appropriate, healthy choices during their lifetime.
- CFB seeks community partners to enhance health and safety programs for all students
- Local Fire Departments / Risk Watch
- Brookhaven Community College/Girls In Motion
- Magee, Verplank and Watts Family Clinic / Golf Tournament
- Metrocrest Medical Foundation and the CFBISD Educational Foundation / CATCH funding in the elementary schools
How is CATCH Helping?
- CATCH initiates the health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition concepts in kindergarten. Students take the message home and help their families realize that better diets and more active lifestyles will improve their quality of life.
- Research demonstrates that students in a CATCH program report a 6% fat intake reduction that continues into high school as well as an average of eight more minutes of daily vigorous physical activity without teacher supervision years later. Students in CFB and their families continue to demonstrate the validity of this data.
There is Hope
- Statistics show that Texas school districts where CATCH has become an active component of the elementary school day, fitness test scores have stabilized or improved. This is bearing true within CFB as the fitness data has come in at the pilot schools.
- Texas Department of State School Health research further shows that the percentage of overweight fourth graders has dropped from 26% to 23% in the last four years as coordinated health programs have been implemented.
- As CATCH has become the norm in CFB elementary schools, our students look forward to the daily activities that have proven to help both their fitness and their self-esteem, as well as reduce discipline referrals.
- CFBISD informs and empowers students, parents, and educators regarding healthy meal choices offered in the cafeteria.
- CFBISD annually serves:
- Roughly 700,000 Breakfasts
- Over 2.6 million lunches
- Nearly 100,000 after-school snacks
- Approximately one half of these are part of the meal benefit program.
- Before purchasing, all ingredients are tested, tasted, and reviewed, in order to ensure a lower fat content, and a reduction in sugar and salt.
- Menus are planned to offer a balance of healthy choices each day for all students, bringing them in line with CATCH and state criteria.
- Family resources include handouts, parent meetings, monthly menus, and internet programs.
Health & Wellness in CFB
- Through the on-site nurses and the services of many local doctors and hospitals, the CFB health department strives to help all its families obtain quality health care in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Beginning at kindergarten, the CFB health department provides routine screenings for:
- Dental Care
- Height and Weight
- Acanthosis Nigricans (AN)
- Elementary school nurses have developed a series of presentations for parents on the importance of nutrition, diet, and exercise in conjunction with the CATCH curriculum.
- Each elementary school has a variety of health nights for parents to educate them on the importance of good dietary habits and making appropriate choices with and for their children.
- CFB learned long ago that one of the strengths of our district is the maintenance of strong community relationships. CFB continuously seeks the expertise of people in the community to help serve the needs of our children and families. As such, many of them donate their time and expertise to the CFB SHAC committee.
- The School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) in CFB is comprised of members of the community from all walks of life. Members of the local PTA’s, fire departments, nurses, nutritionists, counselors, student service and family health clinic personnel, as well as various science, health, and athletic personnel take an active interest in the making the CFB community a healthy one, starting with CATCH for the youngest of students. CATCH has further helped to provide the premise for many parts of our district wellness policy.
“It Takes A Village to Raise a Child.”
- This African proverb still holds true today. In order to raise a healthy child, CFB believes no student, teacher, or school should stand alone.
- Instead, all disciplines should interconnect providing a framework to raise a healthy student. CATCH is helping to solidify that framework.
- By working with our students and families CFB strives to raise able-bodied children and teach them habits that can lead to a lifetime of good health and fitness.
The goal of the Dallas Stars Hockey Club is to teach children the importance of healthy eating and keep them active through fun and unique physical activities. Childhood obesity has become an epidemic across our nation and the Dallas Stars Hockey Club is committed to helping our schools fight this battle by promoting a healthy lifestyle. By joining us in the fight against childhood obesity, we can make a healthy lifestyle both enjoyable and easy to maintain for kids of all ages. CFBISD students will participate in 5 Fitness Stars challenges, collecting a Star for their fitness bracelet as they complete physical fitness or healthy eating initiatives.
Complete 100 pushups- either in a row or cumulative
Run three (3) miles- either in a row or cumulative
Encourage families to try a healthy recipe at home-student brings, or emails, a photo of their healthy meal for credit (emailed photos can be submitted to the Dallas Stars to feature on our website, with appropriate photo approval from parent and school, if the child can be seen)
Completes and shows grasp of 3 hockey drills
Complete Fitness Gram (3 – 5) or Locomotor Assessment (K – 2)
Annually, more than 200 students from across Carrollton-Farmers Branch participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest at R. L. Turner High School. This event has been sponsored for over twenty years in Carrollton-Farmers Branch by the Irving Elks Lodge in conjunction with their Drug Awareness program. Students are selected at their campuses from over 5,200 students participating at twenty-six CFBISD elementary and six middle schools.
In this annual contest, students in all age groups (8-9-year-old boys/girls, 10-11-year-old boys/girls, and 12-13-year-old boys/girls) take twenty-five free throws to see who can make the most baskets, all the while following a very stringent protocol for shooting. The top student in each category continues on from the local level to the district (lodge) level. From there, students can earn the right to compete at the state, regional and national levels.
The National Hoop Shoot Competition is held in Chicago each year in May. Winners from across the country and all fifty states vie to have their name inscribed on the Elks Plaque that is found inside the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Research has shown the primary reason young people do not play golf is due to a lack of affordable junior golf programs and places that welcome them. In 1997, the LGPA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA formed a partnership to lead an initiative called The First Tee. This initiative began as a way to bring golf to kids and teens that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values. Since that time, The First Tee has steadily grown into a youth service organization impacting, influencing and inspiring more than 9 million young people. What started as a concept to make golf more accessible turned into an opportunity to help young people develop core values and learn life skills that are inherent in the game of golf.
In 2004, The First Tee expanded and introduced The First Tee Nine Core Values™ in physical education classes at elementary schools through the National School Program. Its purpose is to not only promote healthy choices but to give young people an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as responsibility, courtesy, honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.
In 2014, First Tee Dallas teamed up with CFB and granted six sets of golf equipment to be rotated among the twenty-six elementary school. Each set can serve upwards of 50 students at one time. This school golf program creates an environment where young people are introduced to a lifelong sport while learning basic golf motor skills.
The objectives of the First Tee program are to:
- Provide a complete golf program appropriate for today’s elementary school physical education students and teachers
- Enable physical educators to introduce golf consistent with national standards developed by NASPE
- Develop student appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game with each lesson
- Engage students in daily lesson activities that lead to motor skill development
- Present golf to students as a lifelong recreation and physical fitness activity