Ames, IA – Youth across the state took time out on one day between 4/29-5/3 to get physically active! Schools were asked to engage their students in an additional 30 minutes of activity for “Go the Distance Day,” a program of Live Healthy Iowa Kids. The one-day, wellness challenge has been in existence since 2004, beginning with a mere 27,030 youth; this year there were 78,805 kids involved!
The purpose of this program is to bring awareness to the childhood obesity epidemic we are experiencing and to also use this event as a learning experience for our youth. It is a great opportunity to teach Iowa’s youth about the importance of physical activity and eating healthy. It is also an opportunity to introduce our youth to new, fun activities to keep them active all summer long!
Schools who reported back to Live Healthy Iowa Kids that 100% of their student body participated in this one-day event were thrown into a random drawing for one of five cash prizes. There were 223 schools and organizations that were eligible for the awards. Of those 223, five were randomly selected:
$500 – Center Point-Urbana Middle School
$500 – Johnston Elementary (Maquoketa Valley)
$500 – Lake Mills Elementary
$500 – Spencer Elementary Schools
$1,000 – Findley Elementary (Des Moines)
The cash prizes are to be used towards new physical education equipment, playground equipment and/or health education materials.
As Live Healthy Iowa Kids wraps up its final challenge for the 2012-2013 school year, they would like to remind schools and other youth organizations to mark their calendars for a very important date; Fall Fitness Day will be held on October 9th, 2013 in conjunction with International Walk to School Day and the Healthiest State-Start Somewhere Walk.
Questions may be directed to Live Healthy Iowa at email@example.com or (888) 777-8881 Ext. 116.
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About Live Healthy Iowa KidsLive Healthy Iowa Kids was created in 2004 as a program of the Iowa Sports Foundation and is endorsed by the Iowa Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Nutrition. Live Healthy Iowa Kids’ youth initiatives are free programs encouraging Iowa’s youth to be more active and learn about healthy food choices in a positive, fun way. Since they began, more than 500,000 youth have participated in Live Healthy Iowa Kids/Governor’s Challenge, Go the Distance Day and Fall Fitness Day.