Enid, OK, August 27, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Enid residents have lost a combined 2,541 pounds in the citywide E-Lose It program as of last last week.
When the school year begins, Enid Public Schools will get into the act, said Amber Graham Fitzgerald, director of school and community relations. Many activities are planned for the up-coming school year in accordance with the E-Lose It program.
“We recognize that child obesity is a problem and we can help play a role in helping to change that,” Fitz-gerald said.
When teachers return Wednesday, they will discuss details of the projects the district will initiate. So far, Fitzgerald said, the list is down to two.
One program will encourage students to exercise 60 minutes a day. Thirty of those minutes will come during physical education classes, while another 15 will be during recess.
That’ll leave each child 15 minutes to exercise at home. Each child will have the responsibility to get out and move around or do some sort of activity, she said.
“We want students to know that fitness doesn’t have to be push-ups, it doesn’t have to be jumping jacks,” Fitzgerald said. “There are really fun lifelong skills that you can use to stay physically fit.”
Another possible plan of action is to hold a contest between school staff members. Fitzgerald said the program likely will be a contest to see which staff member sheds the most number of pounds.
She and the district’s personnel will meet before school begins to discuss the details on that particular contest.
Meanwhile, prizes likely will be given to children as part of their contest as to who adheres to the program and shows a lot of success.
Fitzgerald said she realizes the community’s E-Lose It program isn’t all about exercise. Children, she said, need to develop better eating habits, too.
“We hope to increase awareness of that and to promote healthy choices and then also — even in our food service program — to look and see what we can do there,” she said.
All of these projects will continue throughout the year, according to Fitzgerald.
“To have the community say we want to step up and make it a priority, that really is an advantage for us because it takes everybody to make this kind of difference,” she said.