Stillwater woman wins first-ever Idea Open

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May 10, 2010 // UPDATED 5:16 pm - May 18, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott
Christine Tubbs of Stillwater is the winner of the first-ever Minnesota Idea Open, an online idea competition that challenged everyday citizens to propose community-based solutions to critical social problems.  This year’s inaugural challenge was obesity, and in the past two weeks over 1,000 Minnesotans visited the Idea Open’s website to vote for their favorite of the three finalists, which had been winnowed down from over 400 submissions.

Tubbs’ “Kids Lead the Way” proposal was the winner. The idea puts kids in charge of planning once-a-week field days, during which they gather their friends for a structured day of active games and healthful snacks. Tubbs’ intention, she said, was to let the kids decide how to be active — instead of leaving the decision up to a phys ed teacher or some other adult.

“The activities, the games and the snacks are all determined by the kids,” she said. “The goal is to make physical fitness instinctive for [them].”

Community partners, including volunteer personal trainers, supervise the field days and participate in the games, but refrain from dictating too much of the rules.

Tubbs idea will receive $15,000 for implementation in the community. Tubbs herself will receive a $500 prize for coming up with the idea.