For the 2019/2020 school year, Riverside students will have the opportunity to take part in the “Move 4 Mana” initiative that aims towards saving the lives of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in Somalia. By participating in this local organization, students hope to succeed in making a global impact and inspiring others to support their cause.

“Move 4 Mana” is a student-led initiative that began at Heritage Woods Secondary School in 2017 and has inspired other schools in School District #43 to take part in the challenge ever since. Riverside is the third school to be part of this initiative and has decided to support the country, Somalia. “‘Move 4 Mana’ is such an incredible opportunity for students to get active and live a healthy lifestyle at a local level, while at the same time, globally saving the lives of children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition,” said Riverside teacher and leader of the Riverside “Move 4 Mana” initiative, Ms. Claudia Durand. “It’s an inspiring movement to be a part of.” Mr. Mike Schoenhals and Mr. Cary Brett have also been leading the Riverside “Move 4 Mana initiative” alongside Durand and have played key roles in the team’s success.

Mothered Administered Nutritive Aid (MANA) is a brand of Ready-To-Use-Therapeutic Food (RUTF), a peanut paste that provides essential nutrients to children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition. The Food for Famine Society will pay for the RUTF, the Mana Nutrition will produce the RUTF and World Vision will distribute the MANA to Somalia.

On October 16, Riverside’s “Move 4 Mana” Team will be hosting an assembly on World Hunger Day to launch a one-month challenge, encouraging students and staff to get active and help save the lives of these children. B-block teachers will be asked to monitor students’ progress throughout the challenge on the “Active for Good” app and encourage them to report all physical activity.

There will be guest speakers such as Maria Martini from Food for Famine, Mark Moore from Mana Nutrition, Troy Hickerson from Active for Good, and Stacia Vong-Hogeterp from World Vision. Students that are part of the “Move 4 Mana” initiative will present more information about the cause and the importance of helping these children with Severe Acute Malnutrition. The MC’s will be Riverside grade 11 students, Didi Dimitrova, Kelsey Stewart, Mehrshad Esmaeilzadeh, and Henry Kim. “There will also be a special surprise guest that will be coming to motivate the audience! Stay tuned Riverside…!” said Durand.

The Riverside “Move 4 Mana” team will be hosting games at lunch to promote physical activity and help students achieve more good points for the “Active for Good” challenge. There will also be different prizes that will be awarded to students and staff who participate in this challenge such as gift cards, sportswear, an iPad, a TV, and a Nintendo Switch! The winning B-block class of the one-month challenge will receive a free lasagna, garlic bread, and salad lunch in the cafeteria!

The “Move 4 Mana” initiative is also currently being taken on by the University of British Columbia Okanagan. After having been approached by the idea of Riverside alumni, Alexa Durand, the 3rd year Human Kinetics Program has decided to participate in the challenge and help save the lives of children in developing countries.

“Get active and involved Riverside! Help us reach our goal of saving the lives of 400 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in Somalia,” said Durand.

Instructions for how to use the “Active for Good” app have been added below. 

Download the Active for Good app on your phone

How to Sign-Up:

1) Press “Enter Event Code”

2) Type in “RSSM4M”

3) Tap on email and type in your school email

4) Tap on password and preferably use your school password so it is easy to remember

5) Choose your B-block teacher as your team-If you are in Grade 9 and have PE/Math during B-block, sign up under your PE B-block teacher

How to Log in an Activity:

1) Tap on “LOG AN ACTIVITY”

2) Select your activity type

3) Select your start time

4) Select your duration of your workout

5) If possible, select the effort of your workout

6) Then press save an activity

How to Automatically Log in an Activity:

1) Press on the three bar side menu

2) Press on settings

3) Select your fitness device (Fitbit, Garmin, Health app)

4) Follow the instructions on screen

Other Important Information

From the three bar side menu you can also access:

· Your stats

· The leaderboard

· Your activity history

· Your messages

For more information, press the three bar side menu and press help to learn more about the app and the cause

If anyone ever has a question they can email hello@activeforgood.com. Help Center with help articles if needed: https://activeforgood.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

Here is a list of the technical questions which are the most common ones that come up. https://activeforgood.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/115003560688-About-The-Technology

In-text photos courtesy of: https://youtu.be/KCbhFo6gB2g, https://mananutrition.org/our-products/, and https://activeforgood.com/