More than 1 in 3 children in Ohio are overweight due to lack of exercise and eating unhealthy foods. United Way, the Knox County Health Department and the YMCA have teamed up with area schools to offer “Crunch Out Obesity” for 4th graders. Students receive a free exercise ball and learn great tips about how to get fit and eat the right foods in the right portions. Students are encouraged to include their families in the program as well.
Physical education teachers administer the “Crunch Out Obesity” program and help students complete weekly journals, tracking their exercise progress and their healthy eating habits. Students who complete journals were eligible to win prizes and awards.
Winners of the Knox County Crunch Out Obesity Healthy Living Essay Contest were recognized during a special ceremony in January 2015 at the YMCA.
Honorees were (from left): Trace Galbraith, Pleasant Street Elementary; Miah Rodríguez-Hedeen, Wiggin Street Elementary; Isis Chaffee, Fredericktown Elementary; Tiffany Marchio, Dan Emmett Elementary; Olivia Wiley, East Elementary and Knox County Crunch Out Obesity and Healthy Living Essay Winner; Abby Justice, Columbia Elementary; and Mary Grace Richardson, St. Vincent de Paul School. Not pictured were Zoe Cochran, Twin Oak Elementary; and Gianna Durbin, Danville Elementary who were unable to attend the celebration.
Other classroom essay winners representing area elementary schools include:
Hanna Humphrey (Columbia)
Alton Todd and Ryan Morrison (Dan Emmett)
Wryn Miller (Danville)
Trevor Buttke (East)
Aden Gould, Alex Brumenshenkel and Laney Wenger (Fredericktown)
Aleah Hull and Jaxen Doup (Pleasant Street)
Gaven Wilson and Nevaeh Owens (Twin Oak)
Maia Tazewell (Wiggin Street)
Congratulations to all Crunch Out Obesity participants and their family members for making a commitment to make healthy choices every day! Program results and winning healthy living essays can be viewed at gethealthyknox.org.
Crunch Out Obesity is A Knox County Community Health Improvement Plan Initiative