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The 2012 Wellness Promotion Policy Annual Report
The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida
Physical Activity - Commit 2B Fit®

Teaching nutrition, promoting exercise, changing lives! – Commit 2B Fit® is a non-profit organization working to combat childhood obesity and promote overall wellness. Commit 2B Fit® provides a solution for childhood obesity by delivering programs that effect positive and healthy behavioral change in children and families.

The Commit 2B Fit® school program is a comprehensive educational program that teaches children the basics of sound nutrition and the importance of regular physical activity. Through small daily lessons that are both cumulative and reinforcing, Commit 2B Fit® aims to instill in children a pattern of behavior that can lead to a lifetime of wellness.

During the 2011-2012 school year, The School District of Palm Beach County continued to strategically expand this award winning program into 41 elementary schools in 3rd thru 5th grades. Additionally, several schools opted to include K-2 grades as well.

Commit 2B Fit® School Components:
Customized Student Planner:

At the beginning of the school year, each student receives a customized Commit 2B Fit® academic/wellness student planner that encourages students to record their physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake, as well as their academic assignments. In addition to serving as a daily planner, the academic/wellness student planner contains fitness and nutrition information along with information on oral health. The Commit 2B Fit® student planner serves as a communication tool between the teacher, student, and parent – embracing the importance of family involvement in setting and achieving goals.

Student Incentives:

Once a student takes the Commit 2B Fit® pledge, they receive an affirmation charm. As the student meets the goals of the program, there are opportunities to receive additional charms and other incentives.

Adult Journal:

The eight week journal is filled with nutrition and fitness information specific to adults which mirrors the Commit 2B Fit® process of establishing goals and logging physical activity and nutrition.

Teacher/Student Training:

Each year teachers receive a training to successfully incorporate Commit 2B Fit® into the school day without adding another layer to the student’s already busy schedule.

NEW - Teacher Training Manual:

This 2011-2012 school year, Commit 2B Fit® introduced a new Teacher Training Manual to accompany the Student Planner. The training manual is rich in resources and includes ideas and lesson plans that aligned with the content in the agendas and with academic subjects.

The growth of Commit 2B Fit® in Palm Beach County
The program was first piloted with third grade students in seven elementary schools and second grade students in one elementary during the 2006-2007 school year.
After a successful pilot year, the program was expanded in the same eight elementary schools to include the third and fourth grade students during the 2007-2008 school year.
With great support from the principals and academic leaders of the District, Commit 2B Fit® was integrated into 26 elementary schools during the 2008-2009 school year. Of the total 26 participating schools, eight schools used the program with their 3rd and 4th grade students and the other 18 schools used the program with only their 3rd grade students.
During the 2009-2010 school year, Commit 2B Fit® expanded into 37 elementary schools. 33 elementary schools offered the program with their 3rd and 4th grade students and the other 4 elementary schools offered the program with their 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. However, some schools purchased additional Commit 2B Fit® student planners for their students. Grassy Waters Elementary purchased student planners for their 5th grade students, S.D. Spady purchased student planners for their 6th grade students, and both - Sunrise Park Elementary and Banyan Creek Elementary purchased student planners for their 2nd and 5th grade students.
For the 2010-2011 school year, Commit 2B Fit® was implemented in 40 elementary schools for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Some schools purchased additional planner for other grades, such as S.D. Spady Elementary which purchased student planners for all the 6th grade students.
For 2011-2012 school year, Commit 2B Fit® was implemented in 41 elementary schools in grades 3-5, with some schools purchasing student planners for K-2 as well.

The Commit 2B Fit® academic/wellness student planner has been customized to meet the needs of students in Palm Beach County. During the past few school years, the Palm Beach County Oral Health Coalition collaborated with the founders of the Commit 2B Fit® program to add an oral health component that served as a reminder for students to brush their teeth three times a day. Additionally, Student Intervention Services partnered with the founders of the Commit 2B Fit® program to incorporate a customized Character Counts! In Palm Beach County and Stop Bullying! . The Wellness Promotion Task Force served as the link to bridge these partnerships and facilitate the additional customizations.

Did You Know?
  • default_titleA three-year evaluation of the Commit 2B Fit® program was published in the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation Dance, and Sport Journal. In the peer-reviewed article, the author Dr. Valerie George wrote: “This may very well be the “Solution” program. The first years of Commit 2B Fit® have shown that it is possible to create change in our students and their families…”
  • default_titleIn 2009, Commit 2B Fit® received recognition for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity presented by the Florida Initiative for Children’s HealthCare Quality (FLICHQ).
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2011-2012 Year End Teacher Survey Results:

Commit 2B Fit conducted a Year End Teacher Survey for the 2011-2012 school year. The feedback and results reinforce the value and impact of Commit 2B Fit®.

316 teachers from 41 participating Commit 2B Fit® schools responded...
  • default_title90% reported that the Commit 2B Fit® planner met the academic and wellness needs of their students.
  • default_title76% said that they believe having nutrition goals and logging consumption helped motivate their students to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • default_title79% believe having physical activity goals and logging activity motivated their students to be more active.
  • default_title71% said that their involvement with the Commit 2B Fit® program made a positive impact on their nutrition and physical activity.
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Positive feedback...
  • default_title"Your planners are a lifesaver! The students are more aware of eating foods that are healthy for them. Thank you!"
  • default_title"I think that the Commit 2B Fit® planners are a valuable resource. It makes the children think about what foods they are putting into their bodies and makes them think about making healthier choices."
  • default_title"I love having these planners for my students! We use them daily for communication with parents, homework assignments, homework help, and healthy tips! Thank You!"
  • default_title"I think that ALL staff and students should be involved with the Commit 2B Fit® program. The children really get into it throughout the year."
  • default_title"Thank you for providing motivation for our students to do their best and take responsibility for their personal growth."
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Special Thanks to the Commit 2B Fit® Partners
  • default_titleThe School District of Palm Beach County
  • default_titlePalm Beach County Parks and Recreation Division
  • default_titlePublix Supermarkets
  • default_titleMiami Dolphins Foundation
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What’s Coming…
Commit 2B Fit® is expected to continue growing during the 2012-2013 school year with more elementary schools offering the program to all students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade and several others including their primary grades as well.

In the 2012-2013 school year, Commit 2B Fit® will be implementing a teacher training via TrainU in keeping with district protocol. The training will include a VODCAST and will allow teachers to download the Commit 2B Fit® assets, materials, and resources directly from the course.

Commit 2B Fit® will launch a newly designed website and corresponding social media campaign to provide greater interactivity for students, teachers and parents.
Visit the Commit 2B Fit® website below and learn more at for additional information, tips, and resources.