2008 Fit & Healthy Kids Spring Challenge Boosted by Warmer Weather

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – Last spring, more than 500 students from 50 schools participated in the Fit & Healthy Kids Spring Challenge, despite a storm that blew through Vermont and forced kids to find creative ways to exercise indoors.

The 2008 Spring Challenge, which begins today and runs through April 14, doesn’t appear to have that problem.

“The weather this week looks terrific, and traditionally participation by students and the schools spikes when there are opportunities to get outside,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. “Spring was a long time coming and we’re hopeful the students will participate at record levels this year.”

Gov. Jim Douglas developed the Spring and Fall Challenges five years ago as part of the Fit & Healthy Kids initiative to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity. During the week, schools will incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into academics, including tracking daily fruit and vegetable consumption or minutes of physical activity logged each day.

The school that demonstrates the most creative ways to participate will be selected to win a visit from the Governor and $500 to be used to increase opportunities to move more, eat more colors and turn off the television. The preschool or childcare center that demonstrates the most creative ways to participate will win $250.

In addition, 15 individuals and one family will be selected to walk with Gov. Douglas this May at the Statehouse during the Vermont Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance’s Annual Wellness Walk.

The winner of the 2007 Fall Challenge, the State Street School in Windsor, will be honored by Gov. Douglas at the Statehouse on May 14.

For more information about Fit & Healthy Kids and the Challenge visit: http://healthvermont.gov/family/fit_healthykids.aspx.

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