(this article was first published in Providence Heart Beat, a publication of Providence Health Care)
The Sqord activity program for elementary school students in Spokane and Stevens counties has had unanticipated rewards that extend well beyond the classroom.
“When my daughter was given a Sqord, I quickly realized I wanted one as well,” says Pamela Starbuck, whose daughter Eliana is a student at Jeerson Elementary. Pamela bought Sqord trackers for herself and her younger daughter so the three could enjoy family competition.
“My mom’s in third place,” Eliana shares. “She has more points than Mrs. Goodey.” (Sarah Goodey is a fitness and health specialist with Spokane Public Schools.)
“My daughters definitely come home from school sweatier than before the Sqord project,” Pamela says. “They are naturally early risers, but now they get extra points for dressing and straightening up the house before school.”
Healthy doses of exercise have become part of the family’s routine. Eliana’s father, Scott, is an avid Sqord supporter and has taken up distance cycling as part of his fitness regimen. “We’re making activity a family goal and encouraging each other,” Pamela says. “We even became a one-car family and now walk whenever possible.”