GCC Promotes Fitness at Area Elementary Schools

The Health and Physical Education Department at Genesee Community College is working with area elementary schools to try to decrease childhood obesity and increase academic performance.

Batavia, NY- The Health and Physical Education Department at Genesee Community College is working with area elementary schools to try to decrease childhood obesity and increase academic performance.

The Genesee Play to Get Fit challenge launched October 1, 2012 in seven elementary schools in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) region, specifically in Batavia, Byron-Bergen, Keshequa, Mount Morris, Pavilion and York. Until November 16th, children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are competing to record the most time spent being physically active, outside of regular school hours. The voluntary challenge is aimed at promoting life-long activity, teamwork and school spirit.

“We hope to encourage being physically active, and allow young children to see that they can get fit by playing and having fun,” says GCC Health and Physical Education Director Rebecca Dziekan. “We know that by battling childhood obesity, we can help boost self-esteem and confidence, and also help to increase academic performance and the development of healthy lifestyles.”

Children keep track of the time they spend in physically-active play when they are not in school through a specially designed “Play to Get Fit” calendar log. The school with the most time logged will be awarded a special plaque and enjoy a pizza party. Walking, biking, running, skating, swimming, playing a sport, playing tag, playing on a swing set and other active, creative games are eligible for active “credit.” However, video fitness games such as Wii Fit and Wii Sports are not eligible.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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