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1.4 million minutes of physical activity earns elementary school new equipment

Posted Nov. 27, 2012

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Mayor Betsy Price presented a $1,000 check Tuesday for physical education equipment to Sagamore Hill Elementary School. The southeast Fort Worth school logged more than 1.4 million minutes of physical activity to win the FitWorthKids Challenge.

During the eight-week challenge, 81 Fort Worth Independent School District schools tracked third- through eighth-grade student teams’ minutes of physical activity. Consumption of fruits, vegetables and water were also recorded.

A total of 28,901 students participated in the challenge throughout the district. The 278 Sagamore Hill students who participated logged a whopping 1,40,268 minutes of activity.

Second place went to J.P. Elder Middle School, winning $750 for new P.E. equipment, and third was Western Hills Elementary, earning $500 for new equipment. The other schools ranked in the top 10 were:

  • Contreras Elementary School
  • Como Elementary School
  • Daggett Montessori School
  • Hubbard Heights Elementary School
  • Springdale Elementary School
  • Tanglewood Elementary School
  • WM Green Elementary School

“There’s nothing more important than the health of our children, and we’re very grateful to the Fort Worth ISD for supporting our FitWorth Challenge,” Mayor Price said. “The results are fantastic, and they are proof positive that our kids, parents and teachers are fired up about eating right and staying fit. We are all very proud of every student who took this challenge to heart, and we’re hopeful some lifelong lessons were learned about living healthy. That’s what FitWorth is all about.”

FWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby added: “The students of Fort Worth ISD have benefitted in several ways from the FitWorthKids Challenge. In addition to earning the funds for new playground equipment they have also been able to really think about their physical activity and their eating habits.”

FitWorth Healthy City Initiative is a family-focused initiative launched in September 2012 to address the growing trend of childhood obesity. Statistics show that more than half of the students in the Fort Worth ISD are overweight or obese.

The initiative is led by a coalition of citizens representing Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Cook Children’s Healthcare Network, Cowtown Marathon, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth City Council, Oncor, Live Healthy America, Texas Health Resources and UNT Health Science Center. Initial funding was provided by Oncor.

To learn more, visit the FitWorth web page.

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