Gov. Douglas to Recognize Fit & Healthy Students at Daylight Savings Challenge Award Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2005

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BURLINGTON – Jumping on a trampoline, playing with a puppy, bike riding four miles, putting blueberries on pancakes and dancing in the rain were among the ways Vermont students participated in the Governor’s 2005 Daylight Saving Challenge.

Twelve of the most enthusiastic students who participated will walk with Governor Douglas on Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. The Daylight Savings Challenge, held during the fall, encourages kids to move more, eat more colors and turn off the television as part of a statewide Fit & Healthy Kids initiative.

“One of the highlights of the challenge each year is the letters sent in by students,” said Governor Douglas. “Apple and pumpkin picking, raking leaves, walking the dog, yard work, gathering sap and playing in the mud were all cited by the students. They understand that at the core of the challenge is not just getting exercise and eating healthier – it’s about having fun.”

Sherburne Elementary School in Killington and the Hancock Village School will be honored for the creative ways they incorporated the challenge into the school routine. Two preschools, the Apple Tree Learning Center in Stowe and the Village Early Learning Center in Saxton’s River will also receive awards. A total of 76 schools participated.  BFA Fairfax had the most participants with 119 students.

Joining Gov. Douglas at the event will be Sharon Moffatt, Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health and a cross country skier from Rossignol.