Frisco ISD’s Pink Elementary is getting national attention for its health and wellness programs.
The campus was recently named Heart Healthy School of the Year by the American Heart Association (AHA). It is the first time a school in North Texas has received the national award.
“This achievement speaks to our collective effort and affirms the work we do to support kids and the needs of the whole child,” said Pink Principal Danielle Record.
Each year, AHA affiliates from across the country nominate deserving schools for their efforts to implement year-round, schoolwide programs focused on heart health and awareness. Only one national winner is chosen.
The American Heart Association says Pink Elementary exemplifies its commitment through involvement in several fitness and nutrition programs including Fuel Up to Play 60, NFL Play 60 Challenge, Jump Rope for Heart, Ride Your Bike to School Day and “Try Day Fridays,” which encourage students to try new fruits and vegetables.
In addition, the campus hosts at least one annual community fun run, a health fair and a weeklong Healthapalooza, where students learn the importance of physical activity, mindfulness, limited screen time and a good night’s sleep. A running club for students, the Pink Pacers, also meets regularly.
The health and wellness team at Pink is led by coaches JT Mistr, Jacoby Gary and Kristina Cappe, nurse Aaron Davis and counselor Christie Dragoslavic. The school also works closely with the Pink PTA Healthy Lifestyles Committee and local business and community partners on health and wellness initiatives.
Pink Elementary is a previous winner of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award.