Healthy Hawks

Ryan Elementary is a healthy school focused on student, staff, and community wellness. We cultivate and encourage health-promoting behaviors because we know healthy students are better learners. Recent research on adolescent brains has shown that nutrition and physical activity directly affect learning. Our wellness efforts are aimed to assure all of our students are ready to learn and succeed.

Picture of Healthy Hawks Cafe At the heart of Ryan's wellness efforts is the Healthy  Hawks Cafe. Through a generous grant, Parents,  grandparents, teachers, community members, and  students all helped make this project a reality. and  volunteers' hand work, the Ryan cafeteria was  "redesigned" to represent the healthy habits students are  encouraged to pursue.

Picture of Healthy Snacks for a class party

Ryan has an 80/20 Shared Foods policy that states, 80% of foods shared at celeb
rations and community gatherings must be healthy & nutritious, while 20% can be indulgent. This policy allows for a balanced approach to nutrition, prevents sugar overload, and has generated some fun competition between parents to design the best healthy food "art." We have moved away from 
unhealthy birthday treats and focus on healthy snacks in 
the classroom. 

Picture of students running during the Hawk Hustle 5K 
 Daily classroom movement breaks, also known as brain  breaks, are done on a daily basis. Physical activity and    free movement is encouraged at recess with an        equipment cart and organized games of kickball, soccer,  flag football, and more. Students also have after-school  physical activity opportunities which have included  Karate, Family Fitness, Yoga, Bike Club, and the famou
s  Healthy Hawks Run Club. The community run club trains  together in preparation for the Ryan Hawk Hustle 5K,  our yearly community-based fundraiser. 

Ryan is also an active Safe Routes to School participant. Through this program, families are encouraged to walk or bike to school to help improve health and lessen their environmental impact. Many of our wellness leadership skills, while modeling and encouraging health to their peers. Our student leaders have earned some great opportunities through FUTP60; one highlight being a visit to 
the White House to participate in an annual meeting of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. We have received the top FUTP60 award, Touchdown School, for several years. efforts are student-led thanks to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. This wellness program funded by the NFL and National Dairy Council encourages students to eat nutritiously and get 60 minutes of physical activity every day.


Healthy School Logo

School Wellness Awards

Jeffco Coordinated School Health program since 2010
2011-12 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School
2012-13 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School
2013-14 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School
2014-15 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School
2015-16 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School
2016-17 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School
2017-18 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School
2019-20 Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School 
2019-22 Partner with Fist Tee Golf 
2019-22 Partner with Apex Skating 
2013 Colorado Department of Education Healthy School Champion Award
2014 Safe Routes to Schools Grant Recipient
Many more grants that have provided recess equipment, 
brain break tools, calm teacher lounge, flexible seating, etc

All of these efforts are championed through our school wellness team, which includes our principal, parents, teachers, and students. The team welcomes any Ryan community member to join. If interested, please contact the school for more info.

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