DERRY — South Range Elementary School was one of only five schools in the state to celebrate good health and fitness with a Radio Disney dance party.
The event was part of the initiative “Get Active, Get Fit,” giving schools a chance to learn about fitness, engage in fun activities and motivate youngsters to complete a challenge to win the dance party.
Students had to be active for a minimum of 40 days out of the 55-day challenge, running from Sept. 30 through Nov. 23 of last year.
“We strongly believe that by instilling better health habits in children, we are giving them the foundation to become healthier teens and hopefully healthier adults,” Dr. Richard P. Lafleur said. “The Radio Disney program is a fun way for the kids to be active and track their progress.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent, or 12.5 million children ages 2 to 19, are obese.
At South Range Elementary School, nearly 400 students in grades K-5 took part in the challenge.
Winning the Disney party was a reflection of the healthy culture the school is working hard to foster.
“This really was a team effort,” principal Matt Olsen said. “Special kudos to our wellness team who spearheaded this challenge and all the teachers and parents who supported this program. The kids also learned through this that exercise can be fun and a regular part of your day.”
Last fall, 6,454 students at 23 Granite State schools registered for the challenge.