DATE: April 28, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
BURLINGTON – A school lobby transformed into a “Taste, Touch and Smell Exploration Zone” will be recognized by Gov. Jim Douglas as one of the most creative way students participated in the 2006 Spring Daylight Savings Challenge.
The Daylight Savings Challenge, held during the week of April 3, encouraged Vermont children and their families to eat more colors (fruits and vegetables), move more and turn off the television. The challenge was developed by Gov. Douglas as part of the Fit & Healthy Kids initiative to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity.
Students at the Winooski JFK Elementary School set up tables to taste, touch and smell different fruits and vegetables in an effort to raise awareness and showcase a variety of healthy foods.
Also receiving recognition by the Governor for creativity are Castleton Elementary school’s second grade class for walking every day and recording healthy snacks on a chart; and a BFA Fairfax second grade class that wrote Haiku poems about being fit and healthy.
“Now in its third year, the Daylight Savings Challenge continues to gain momentum,” Gov. Douglas said. “We had 1,360 students from 72 Vermont schools this year, which represents almost a 30 percent increase over last year. The students understand that we can transform schools and communities into places where healthy lifestyle choices are the rule rather than the exception. Changing diet and exercise is not easy, but it can be done.”
Among the letters sent during the challenge that most impressed Gov. Douglas was one from a 10-year-old Cabot girl who “ran around the house seven times,” and a 5th grade class (Monument Elementary School) from Bennington that walked 20 minutes to the Bennington Monument every day.
Twelve of the most enthusiastic students who participated in the Challenge will walk with Gov. Douglas and meet Andy Bishop, former professional bicyclist, on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.