School program gets students active

Three schools are getting a grant from Baptist Health Paducah to launch a program aimed at keeping your children healthy. Eight schools in the Local 6 area already have the program. 

Calvert City and East Calloway elementary schools received the Project Fit grant last year.

Equipment at Calvert City Elementary School is getting easier for students, like fifth-grader Laney Jones, to use.

"It’s actually really fun," Jones said.

The elementary school got the playground, aimed at giving students exercise, last year as part of Project Fit.

"It allows our students to learn good, healthy routines," Principal Todd Anderson said.

The program also gives teachers lesson plans to get students more active. It allows children to taken part in different challenges, like a hula hoop challenge and a "step up" challenge using playground steps.

The equipment is used to get kids excited about getting healthy.

"It’s not about who does the most. It’s about who reached their goal, and that’s a big motivator for students," Anderson said.

"It’s most revealing, because most students think they’re strong and in great shape," East Calloway Elementary P.E. teacher Rick Beam said.

The project was launched at East Calloway Elementary School last year. Beam says when it came down to actually doing the challenges, the students weren’t as strong as they thought.

"It’s raised their awareness of their fitness levels," Beam said.

Beam hopes the program will continue motivating children, like Laney, who says working out doesn’t seem so bad now.

The three schools that will receive Project Fit grants at the end of the month include Morgan Elementary in Paducah, and Heath Elementary and Reidland Intermediate in McCracken County. The grants cover the cost of the program for two years.
     
This month is National Childhood Obesity Month. Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show one in five children in the U.S. is obese.

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