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Neoga Elementary School Begins the Healthy Hero Challenge

September 26, 2014 12:11 p.m.

Neoga Elementary school students are participating in the Healthy Hero Challenge and will begin logging the miles they walk or jog in the hopes of receiving a rock walk to add to their gym.

Students from kindergarten to third grade will begin logging the miles they walk or jog through March. Each kindergartener and first grader have a personal goal of walking or jogging four miles each month and each second and third grader have a personal goal of running six miles each month. They hope to reach a combined goal of 6,000 miles by March.

This challenge was presented to the entire school by Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Healthy Heroes as a way to motivate kids to keep active and develop healthy habits. Part of its Healthy Kids Education program, the Healthy Hero Challenge is funded though an $6,500 grant from WomenConnected, a giving circle within the SBL Health Foundation.

“Our students and staff are so excited to begin our challenge,” Reeni Letizia, Neoga PE teacher said. “We are eager to work together using fitness to reach a common goal. We are thankful to partner with Sarah Bush Lincoln for the Healthy Hero Challenge.”

If the students reach their goal of 6,000 steps by the end of March they will receive a rock wall to add to their gymnasium. Arcola Elementary School and Lake Crest Elementary schools have also participated in this challenge and received a rock wall in past years.

“This will be an exciting challenge for the students to reach their personal goal each month and work toward a collective goal that will benefit so many for years to come,” Sarah Betts, Sarah Bush Lincoln Healthy Kids Educator said.

For more information about Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Healthy Kids Education program, contact Sarah Betts, program coordinator, at 345-6827.

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