DATE: April 4, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
BURLINGTON – A state renowned for changing colors in the fall is becoming known to Vermont school children as a place to “eat colors” every spring.
During the week of April 3, children and their families are encouraged to eat more colors (fruits and vegetables), move more and turn off the television during the Daylight Savings Challenge.
Previous challenges, developed by Gov. Jim Douglas as part of the Fit & Healthy Kids initiative promoting health eating and increased physical activity, involved more than 1,000 students from 70 schools from across the state.
“Every year the highlight of the Daylight Savings Challenge for me is reading the letters from school kids,” Gov. Douglas said. “A 7-year-old from Manchester wrote last spring, ‘I either take a walk in the woods or take a bike ride – then I go in my house to eat at least two different colors. I also help my Mom shop for colors.’ I receive hundreds of these types of letters from inspired young people in Vermont who feel empowered to set an example not only for themselves but for their parents as well.”
Vermont schools, preschools and childcare centers are encouraged during the week to find ways to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into academics, including tracking daily fruit and vegetable consumption or minutes of physical activity logged each day.
The most creative school to incorporate the challenge will win a visit from Gov. Douglas and be invited to walk with the Governor in Montpelier along with 12 individual challenge winners on April 29.
Every challenge winner will also meet Andy Bishop, a former professional cyclist who rode with the winning Dutch team in the 1988 Tour De France.
For more information and tracking sheets schools can utilize to chart nutrition and physical activity, visit http://healthvermont.gov/fitandhealthy.aspx, or call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7330.