SULLIVAN – Millions of kids across the country are fighting obesity, one mile at a time. There is a new initiative to help motive kids to get healthy.
If you can dodge a dodge ball, you can dodge obesity. That is what a new pedometer is showing. Going to the gym is not the only way to get fit, you can have fun and stay healthy.
“No matter what the activity is – you’re still getting something out of it,” said Dylan Tibbets, the physical education teacher, “You don’t just have to run and walk to get your steps. You can actually be out there having fun playing games similar to dodge-ball.”
Almost 100 schools in Maine signed up and are accepting the New Balance Foundation Challenge, which is to live a healthier life. Their goal is to collectively hit a billion miles.
“I’m trying to encourage them – if you’re watching TV. If there’s a commercial break, why not get up and do something for exercise,” he said, “I’m trying to give them a bunch of different ways to do it and have fun while doing it.”
Who would have thought that a simple mile tracking device, can make a difference in the lives of others.
“I thought we were just playing a normal game, but with those things that were on there,” said Aaron Wray, a 4th grade student.
“If you don’t get active outside, you start to get unhealthy,” said 5th grade student, Caleb Willett, “Then bad things could happen to you and your body itself.”
“Once I got like 100, so I wanted to beat it – so I got like 5,000,” said Sarah Wilcox, a 5th grade student, “And I got like really surprise how many steps you can take in just one day.”