Churchill Challenge encouraging physical activity for high school staff

Staff at Winston Churchill High School are taking physical fitness seriously.

For the past six weeks, staff members have been engaged in a unique initiative.

“Tracy Wong, Omar Kadir and myself have created what we have termed the Churchill Challenge,” said Jonathan Dick, Physical Education and Health teacher at WCHS. “We had any interested staff sign up if they were interested and we set out some pretty simple parameters to try and encourage staff members to get physically active and to help support each other in doing so.”

A point system for getting active was created, and more points were awarded for getting active with a friend. Even more points could be earned for getting active with a co-worker.

“We thought that this would be a good way to promote overall health and to get our staff members to support each other in the pursuit of well-being through physical activity,” said Dick.

The school then decided to add another dimension to the initiative.

“We charged an entry fee of $30 and we got everyone involved a t-shirt,” said Dick. “We decided that the money leftover would be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice at the end of the six-week period. So we now have a cheque for $500 to donate to a worthy cause.”

The school is starting round two next week, and organizers hoping to do the same again.

“Round two we will be focusing on physical activity, as well as more focus on nutrition,” said Dick.

On Wednesday, 23 of the 33 participants gathered for a photo, to show off their shirts.

Date posted: March 29, 2018