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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!

  • Northern Nevada Public Health 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.


Supporting Student Wellness

Interested in becoming involved in the health and wellness of students in Washoe County? Join the Student Wellness Stakeholders Group. Teacher, student, and parent involvement is welcomed and encouraged! For more information on meetings and how to participate check out the Washoe County School District webpage

Additional Resources

How can my classroom be involved?

Registration for the 2023-2024 Coaches Challenge is now open. Please sign-up here.

If you have any questions about the program please contact us at CoachesChallenge@nnph.org 



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

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Program information may be made available in languages other than English.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:

  1. mail:
    Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
    1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
    Alexandria, VA 22314; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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Last modified on 10/18/2023