Students Honored for Fit & Healthy Challenge

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2006

Media Contact: Communication Office

BURLINGTON – Anyone who drove past Canaan Elementary School this fall may have seen students, usually working at their desks in the morning, dancing together outside to the music of the Beach Boys.

A teacher was with them, cheering them on.

Sixty schools statewide participated in the Governor’s 2006 Daylight Savings Challenge, a Fit & Healthy Kids initiative that encourages kids to move more, eat more colors and turn off the television.

The Daylight Savings Challenge award ceremony will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the State House in Montpelier.
Canaan Elementary School and the Union Street School in Springfield will be honored for the creative ways they incorporated the challenge into the school routine. The Milton Family Community Center After School Program was also selected.

“Every morning we decided to ‘Get Up and Go,’” said Jeannine Brady, a 3rd grade teacher at Canaan Elementary School. “We have a very supportive community here that whole-heartedly backed this initiative and got involved. We have a tarred half-mile walk at the recreation park, and we walked every day for 15 minutes after lunch on the soccer field. ”

Fifteen students who participated in the challenge will walk with Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN, and celebrity guest Dave Watson, a professional rock climber who has twice reached the summit of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest.


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