Coaches Challenge

What is the Coaches Challenge?cc_pic1

The Coaches Challenge is a voluntary program for elementary school classrooms and middle school PE classes that:
  • Promotes increased opportunities for physical activity
  • Educates students about healthy eating 
  • Provides lesson plans to reduce burden on teachers

How does the Coaches Challenge work?

Elementary school teachers and middle school PE teachers implement the program in their classrooms during the school year and encourage their students to:
  • Eat fruits and veggies in and out of school
  • Participate in movement breaks throughout the day
  • Spend 15 minutes doing physical activity in and out of school
Educational lessons are provided for teachers to use during the course of the program and are fully adaptable to fit each unique classroom's needs. At the end of the program, all participating classrooms receive prizes! 

Why should my classroom participate?

It's FUN!
  • Prizes are provided to all participants 
  • Teachers have the option of earning 1.0 in-service credit through MyPGS
It's good for KIDS!
  • Students and teachers can incorporate healthy habits into daily living
  • Student's classroom behavior can improve
  • Physical activity and healthy eating habits can be protective against: social problems, attention problems (ADD and ADHD), oppositional defiant problems, conduct problems and depression and anxiety.
It's EASY!
  • Washoe County Health District provides the curriculum, instructions, participation prizes and classroom posters. Nevada Athletics also supports the program allowing athletes to connect with students during classroom visits, motivational videos and game recognitions as scheduling allows.


Additional Resources

How can my classroom be involved?

The 2022-2023 Coaches Challenge began in October and teachers can participate through the end of May. Register here before 1/27/2023 and staff will be in touch with additional information. To view a list of schools and teachers signed-up, click here. Read more about the tiered program here.

Optional Q&A Meetings: We will hold three Q&A sessions to answer any additional questions you might have regarding the program. These are optional and does not require you to attend the entire time. Please bring questions and feel free to hop off the meeting at any time. If the sessions do not work with your schedule, please don’t hesitate to reach out and we would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.

    1. Wednesday, October 26th, 4:30 – 5:30pm; Join Meeting Here
    2. Wednesday, November 23rd, 4:30 – 5:30pm; Join Meeting Here
    3. Wednesday, January 25th, 4:30-5:30pm; Join Meeting Here

If you have any questions or would like more information about the program please contact us at 



This program was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP.

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