Gov. Douglas and Health Commissioner to Honor Fit & Healthy Challenge Winners

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – Riding bikes through piles of raked leaves, bouncing 100 times on a pogo stick, and running around the house for an hour were just some of the the activities chosen by more than 400 students from 40 Vermont schools who participated in the Fit & Healthy Kids Challenge.

Gov. James Douglas and Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt will present the awards on Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the State House lawn in Montpelier. The challenges are part of the Fit & Healthy Kids initiative, developed in 2003 and implemented by the Health Department. Fit & Healthy Kids promotes healthy eating and increased physical activity.

“Sometimes all it takes it that one spark of creativity to make exercise fun for a kid to get out and move more, my only criteria is that everyone do it safely and have fun,” said Gov. Douglas. “Every student and school that participated this year should be congratulated. They’re all making an important contribution to a healthier more prosperous Vermont.”

During the challenge weeks, schools incorporated healthy eating and physical activity into the school day, including tracking daily fruit and vegetable consumption and minutes of physical activity.

The State Street School in Windsor will be honored as the winner of the 2007 Fall Challenge, and the Porters Point School in Colchester was selected as the 2008 Spring Challenge winner (held April 7-14). Porters Point School launched a “Be Kind to Yourself” campaign during the week and more than 100 students decided to eat well, exercise, turn off the TV, and try new activities.

Winners of this year’s challenges will also walk with Gov. Douglas during the 9th Annual Vermont Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance’s Annual Wellness Walk. The walk traditionally draws several hundred students, teachers and parents to the state capitol.

Student and school awards will be handed out at the start of the event and should be distributed by 10:30 a.m.

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

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