Energ-i-ze Encourages Robert Asp Families To Eat Healthy, Get Fit

Stuffed Angry Birds flew through the air at cardboard boxes set up in the gymnasium at Robert Asp Elementary School. The Angry Birds game was just one of the various activities available to families at Robert Asp’s second annual Energ-i-ze event on April 3.

Energ-i-ze is a school-based collaborative family fit night organized by Sanford Health with multiple community partners. According to Kristen Liebl, RD, LRD, with Sanford Health, the focus of the project is to hold family events that focus on physical activity and nutrition education.

“The intended impact is to increase knowledge, skills, confidence and intended behavior related to healthy behaviors,” Liebl said.

Energ-i-ze included a healthy meal (sloppy joes with a more nutritional punch) and snack attack; nutrition BINGO; organized physical activity games, obstacle courses and Zumba for the whole family; and door prizes.

Organizers of Energ-i-ze are working to increase the number of free physical activity events available to families, increase the awareness of healthy eating and options, and increase collaborative relationships among nonprofit organizations in the community working toward a healthier community. Community partners collaborating with Sanford on Energ-i-ze include YMCA, Youth Commission and Boys and Girls Club of Red River Valley, TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics, NDSU Extension, Junior League, Great Northern Bicycle Co. and Great Plains Food Bank Back Pack Program.

Energ-i-ze, which was launched in 2010 at Madison Elementary, Fargo, has been held at several schools in the metro area.