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Kemp Primary School heeds challenge to fight obesity
by Bill Baldowski
February 01, 2013 08:55 AM | 646 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Kendra Bishop, 6, daughter of Tiffany Bishop, Abril Hernandez, 5, daughter of Maria Castro, Ze'Riya Davis, 5, daughter of La'Shundra Ruffin and Jaydon Chaney, 5. son of Millicent Johnson, dance to music whihc is part of the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit Challenge.
From left, Kendra Bishop, 6, daughter of Tiffany Bishop, Abril Hernandez, 5, daughter of Maria Castro, Ze'Riya Davis, 5, daughter of La'Shundra Ruffin and Jaydon Chaney, 5. son of Millicent Johnson, dance to music whihc is part of the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit Challenge.
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Aaliyah Myers, 7, daughter of Kwame Myers,exerciseswith a hula hoop at Kemp Primary School as part of the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge.
Aaliyah Myers, 7, daughter of Kwame Myers,exerciseswith a hula hoop at Kemp Primary School as part of the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge.
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Jeremiah Morgan, 7, son of Tracy Douglas and Rodney Morgan, plays beanbag toss with a schoolmate, one of the activities in the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge
Jeremiah Morgan, 7, son of Tracy Douglas and Rodney Morgan, plays beanbag toss with a schoolmate, one of the activities in the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge
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Jahson Miller, 8, son of Carol and Kevin Miller, exercises with a hula hoop as part of the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge
Jahson Miller, 8, son of Carol and Kevin Miller, exercises with a hula hoop as part of the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge
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Maybe Kemp Primary School officials in Hampton might want to reevaluate the school’s choice of a panda as the school mascot.

With what Kemp’s more than 700 students have achieved, they might want to change their mascot to that of the “Roadrunner,” of “Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner” Loony Tunes cartoon series fame because they just don’t slow down.

According to Kemp Primary School Counselor Annette McGraw, the school recently participated in the Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge and, as a result, has been listed among students in the top 20 contributing schools in Georgia for having one of the highest participation rates in the challenge.

The school’s top 20 state finish won them a Radio Disney dance party, McCraw said.

However, of even bigger news, after the school was paired down to be one of the top five Georgia schools in the challenge eligible to enter a random drawing, it was awarded a deluxe activity kit, which included $500 worth of playground equipment.

“The Radio Disney Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge was designed to motivate students and their families to achieve fitness together by engaging in fun activities, which allowed them to exercise each day, or as often as possible in a time span from last October through Nov. 24,” McCraw added.

“The best thing is that the kids are continuing to do on their own some of the physical activities involved in the program, even though it has officially ended,” she added.

The Radio Disney challenge program was designed so that for a period of 40 to 55 days, the kids learned of the importance of being fit and were even given tracking sheets where they were asked to check off each day what their physical activity level was that day, McCraw said.

“We knew that to make this really work, the kids had to have fun with it, and they had a ball,” McCraw said. “Our kids were allowed to get creative with the program and they did everything to increase their exercise and fitness, from playing football, basketball and soccer to gymnastics and other activities that involved heightened physical activity.

McGraw added the program helped students see the connection between being active and how that promoted fitness.

The Get Active, Get Fit Challenge was implemented in more than 150 elementary schools in 127 school districts in Georgia as well as California, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, New York, Virginia and Wisconsin, she added.

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