Students at Kemp Primary school throw soft footballs to each other while reviewing their spelling as part of Radio Disney’s “Get Active, Get Fit” national challenge to fight obesity.
By Rachel Shirey
HAMPTON — Kemp Primary School in Hampton is one of 20 schools in the state to win Radio Disney’s “Get Active, Get Fit” national challenge to fight childhood obesity.
They were also one of five schools to win $500 worth of gym equipment like footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, hula hoops, cones and beanbags.
“We’ve been trying to fight childhood obesity here,” said school counselor Annette McCraw. “Trying to make sure all our kids know about being active and how being active helps you get fit. And we changed a lot of things about the way we’re doing things around here, but there was the Radio Disney contest, and what that entailed was children had to, for at least 20 minutes a day, be active in any form or fashion.”
The school has even changed their school menus and invited parents to participate to ensure the students are maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“It’s so important, you know?” said McCraw. “We know as adults that it’s hard to lose weight, and while the kids are young and have that energy and zest; it’s a good time to teach them good skills. Life skills.”
In order to add a little more excitement and drum up a little more enthusiasm for the “Get Active, Get Fit” school challenge, Radio Disney awarded dance parties to the top 20 participating schools.
“We had 100 percent participation in our school,” McCraw said. “All our kids did it, as well as the teachers throughout the day. They did something with the kids every day for 20 minutes to ensure they did the activity. On Fridays, we play music in the school, and the parents were allowed to come in, and we danced in the hallway for 20 minutes. So we incorporated a whole bunch of different things to ensure that our kids actually met the challenge.”
The “Get Active, Get Fit” initiative aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle amongst elementary school children and was open to all elementary schools from Oct. 4 through Nov. 26.
Kemp Primary’s dance party is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 9 a.m., and McCraw said the faculty is ecstatic about it.
However, the students have yet to hear the good news. McCraw said she wished to surprise the kids, who had a ball participating in the program.
“They are going to come out and they are going to do an assembly dance party for our school,” McCraw said. “They said it’s really, really fun so we can’t wait to see that. They are going to do exercise with our kids, and all kinds of stuff.”
The “Get Active, Get Fit” school challenge has been implemented in more than 150 elementary schools in 127 districts.
Nearly 500,000 students nationwide signed up to participate in the “Get Active, Get Fit” school challenge in states like California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
“Our belief here is they’re not too young,” McCraw said. “We have to expose them while they’re young to get that zest and get that hunger out there because the sky’s the limit. Our kids are not boxed in.”