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2,200 Participate in International Walk to School Day

Kids walked and rolled in record numbers on International Walk to School Day, Oct. 4, 2017. At Winter Park consortium schools, parents walked with kids (and dogs) on this annual day that celebrates the simple joy of walking to school. Kids created posters at Lakemont Elementary School, where a record 148 participants joined the colorful parade to school. “Don’t text and Drive”, “Keep Kids Safe”, “Slow Down” – were the key messages. And…”Walking is fun!”

We agree – walking is fun. And it’s healthy and helps children be ready to learn. The more you burn, the more you learn!

In all, 2,201 students from ten area schools participated, along with the mayor of Maitland, Dale McDonald and School Board Representative, Nancy Robbinson and several city council members, parents and advocates from Maitland, Winter Park and Eatonville.

Click here to read more from our friends at Healthy Central Florida, including a news story and more pictures.

Local Students Participate in Active Kids Summit

On March 4, nationally recognized health and wellness experts joined together at Florida Hospital’s Health Village campus in Orlando to discuss how initiatives such as Let’s Move! Active Schools and local programs can improve children’s health and fitness.  Among the experts were students from Lakemont Elementary and Winter Park High School, who shared their stories about how the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program and other school based health initiatives have helped them perform better in and out of school.

Owen Clark, 5th grade student at Lakemont Elementary and FUTP60 Program Ambassador, shared a story about how he was able to get a friend of his, who wasn’t very active, to move more through informal football games.

“Once my friend started playing football, he felt better which helped him listen better in class and increase his grades,” Owen said to the group of experts.

Riley Bannatyne, Senior at Winter Park High School and FUTP60 Program Ambassador, talked about how being healthy helps her in and out of school.

“Eating well helps me perform better in academics and athletics,” said Riley, who is also a member of the Winter Park High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team.

Additional students from Lakemont Elementary and Winter Park High School participated in the summit.  One student sat at each table, providing valuable insight into what students value during brainstorming sessions.  As one student mentioned, “If my teacher doesn’t know about brain breaks, I tell her about them.  Pretty soon, the whole class is asking for them.”

Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.), who transformed the Army’s system for basic training and now serves as Florida Hospital’s Senior Vice President, Global Partnering, Leadership Development and Health Performance Strategies, spoke about the importance and benefits of instilling healthy habits early.

“There’s a direct correlation between good health and good education,” said Hertling, who serves as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Lakemont Elementary – Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run 2015 3Lakemont Elementary recently held another successful Jingle Bell Run.

Each year, students and their families are invited to the fun run and holiday celebration at the school. The children tie jingle bells to their shoe laces and head for the track. Holiday music plays, a movie is shown on an outside wall, and parents bring assorted snacks.  To make the event as healthy as it is fun, Jon Siegel, Healthy School Team (HST) Leader, encourages families to try to bring healthy snacks, such as fruits, cheese and whole wheat crackers and popcorn.

Congratulations to Coach Siegel and Lakemont Elementary for another successful and fun Jingle Bell Run!

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