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The Times
  • D.H. Robbins students rewarded for being active

  • St. Johnsville’s David H. Robbins Elementary School is one of 15 schools in New York to win a Radio Disney school assembly through the Get Active, Get Fit School Sports Challenge.

    The Get Active, Get Fit Challenge, sponsored by Empire Blue Cross, motivates students and families to achieve fitness by engaging in fun activities.

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  • St. Johnsville’s David H. Robbins Elementary School is one of 15 schools in New York to win a Radio Disney school assembly through the Get Active, Get Fit School Sports Challenge.
    The Get Active, Get Fit Challenge, sponsored by Empire Blue Cross, motivates students and families to achieve fitness by engaging in fun activities.
    In order to successfully complete the challenge, students had to be active for at least 20 minutes a day for a minimum of 40 of the 55 days of the event, which ran from Oct. 1 through Nov. 24, 2012.
    Activity included anything that got students moving at home or at school, like playing a game at recess, walking the dog, dancing or riding bikes. Students tracked their activity on a chart.
    More than 76 percent of the D.H. Robbins students participated in the challenge.
    “It’s very important students learn being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle,” D.H. Robbins Principal Christopher Fatta said. “I thank all the staff that helped organize the challenge.”
    The 15 schools with the highest percentage of participation in the challenge won a school assembly hosted by Radio Disney AM 1460. St. Johnsville’s assembly will be presented later this year.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent, or 12.5 million, of U.S. children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years are obese. Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has nearly tripled.
    “Our students are getting statewide recognition for their efforts to be active, and they should be extremely proud of their accomplishments,” said Jacquelin Lape, school nurse and district health coordinator. “I encourage students and their families to keep up the good work and remain active.”
    In 2012, the event’s third year in upstate New York, the challenge was completed by more than 20,626 children at 28 elementary schools. Nearly 384,000 students nationwide signed up to participate in this year’s Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge in Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Ohio, Upstate New York, Virginia and Wisconsin.
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