|Schools celebrate Healthy Kids’ ‘Every Kid Healthy Week’|
|Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:16 PM|
Several area schools are observing Action for Healthy Kids’ Every Kid Healthy Week during the coming weeks.
While the nationally dedicated week is April 21-24, many Action for Healthy Kids Zone 2 area schools in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert counties, are electing to celebrate early to avoid conflicts with state testing and to help their students have a healthy start in preparation for testing weeks.
The Ohio Action for Healthy Kids Zone 2 Committee, which includes representatives from public health and school facilities in member counties, as well as dietetic interns from Bluffton University, challenged area elementary schools to come up with ways to promote healthy eating and active living habits among their students with a contest. Participating schools were asked come up with a message to promote either a nutrition or physical activity theme, create an art piece or display to promote the message and carry out a student event or activity related to their message. Area schools that are participating include:
Van Wert Early Childhood Center (March 24-28), plans to create a mural and host activities related to their messages of “Dancing for Fun and Fitness” and “Bowling: a Fun Fitness Activity for All Ages”.
Columbus Grove (April 7-11) has a planned a taste-testing activity and parade, along with a mural to support their message of “Whole Grains, the Super Hero in Today’s Lunch”.
Lincolnview (April 7-11) will hold a fruit and vegetable challenge among its classrooms and create a mural to promote the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.
These area schools are among more than 500 schools around the U.S. holding special events to recognize Every Kid Healthy Week which highlights sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs as solutions to the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. Every Kid Healthy Week is Action for Healthy Kids’ (AFHK) annual, signature observance designed to celebrate its schools’ wellness achievements. Every Kid Healthy Week was recently added to the National Calendar of Health Observances after being sponsored for Congressional recognition by U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.
“With more than one third of our kids classified as overweight or obese, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions,” said Rob Bisceglie, AFHK CEO. “Meanwhile, numerous studies show that physical activity supports academic achievement and that well-nourished kids learn better. That’s why events like this are important. They help schools put kids on a healthy path so they’re ready to learn.”
Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. AFHK partners with a legion of dedicated volunteers - teachers, students, parents, school wellness experts and more to help local communities and schools give kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they are - in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground - with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for them to eat nutritiously and play every day.