Phoenix Union Food and Fitness Challenge to Bring Awareness of Healthy Habits to Students

Posted by Communications on 1/17/2018

Phoenix Union High School District, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, Phoenix Parks and Recreation and The Mollen Foundation, is participating in the Food and Fitness Challenge to bring awareness of healthy habits to students.  Sustainability Officers on each campus are spearheading the challenge, posting challenge videos each week and encouraging students to respond and post their activities to the Food and Fitness Challenge Campaign Facebook group (@foodandfitnesschallenge2018).

The campaign kicked off the week of January 22 with a focus on Physical Activity, and runs for five weeks with a different focus each week including Hydration, Local Food Production, Snack and Healthy Reasons. Students will use specific hashtags in their post to be entered into drawings, and the school with the most participation each week will get to participate in an on-campus challenge on Friday. The Friday challenge winners will advance to the final district-wide competition on Saturday, February 24. The final challenge has prizes for the school of the top three winners: $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 that students can help decide how to spend to continue to bring awareness to food and fitness on their campus.

The weekly schedule of themes and challenges:

Week 1: Physical Activity, Hula Hoop Trophy Challenge

Week 2: Hydration, Flavored Water Trophy Challenge

Week 3: Local Food Production, Vegetable Feud Trophy Challenge

Week 4: Snack, Speed Snacks Trophy Challenge

Week 5: Healthy Reasons, Relay Preview Trophy Challenge


The campaign is being funded through a $25,000 Childhood Obesity Prevention grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA).