Healthy Kids

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Healthy Kids/Healthy Planet (HK/HP) is a PTA committee at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, VA, that seeks to ensure, through a variety of ways, that children’s health and wellness is a central focus of the school day.  In our work, we draw heavily from research, which shows that healthy children are better learners, score higher marks on tests, exhibit fewer behavioral problems in the classroom, and are, in general, more relaxed.  We also advocate for environmental awareness and protection through a variety of activities

Our regular, recurring HKHP Events:

  • Fresh Fruit Fridays: Students are encouraged to bring a fruit for a snack every Friday … indeed, every day!
  • Walk and Bike to School Day
  • Family Gym Night
  • Fun Run
  • Waste-Free Lunch Day

APS Wellness Policy:  HK/HP promotes the implementation of the county’s student wellness policy.  This policy includes a recess policy, which stipulates the amount of recess (Ashlawn students are supposed to receive 24 minutes a day); encourages active, outdoor recess throughout the year; and discourages the withholding of recess as punishment.  The policy also promotes alternatives to food as a reward at school.

HK/HP is always looking for new members to help plan our activities and welcomes your suggestions and input. Please contact Jenifer Whitesell ( or Danielle Blanchard ( if you are interested in being part of the HK/HP committee.

Whats New!

Walk and Roll to School ProgramFun


Easy Things Kids Can Do Outside in Arlington and Nearby Places

In the News and Recent Studies

Play, Then Eat: Shift May Bring Gains at School (NY Times 1/21/10)