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Elementary Students to Participate in Physical Activity Challenge

Release Date: 9/30/2008 2:55:11 PM

Carroll County Public Schools students in grades K-5 and staff will participate in Project ACES – Active Children Excel in School from October 6 – 19, 2008. This physical activity challenge is designed to improve heart health by increasing daily physical activity.

During the 2-week program, students will track the amount of time spent each day being physically active, aiming for a total of at least 60 minutes a day. Activities can include brisk walking, playing, bike riding, dancing, sports, martial arts or helping with yard work and housework. Students who complete all 14 days of the challenge will have a chance to win fitness club memberships, t-shirts, sports prizes, bicycles, and helmets.

The Project ACES program has received numerous awards, including the Youth Physical Activity Excellence Award from the State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and the Annual Program Award from the Maryland State School Health Council. In addition, Project ACES was one of only three programs in the nation to be honored in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance School-Community Recognition Program.

Last year, 25 schools took part in the program with 8,968 student entries and 623 staff entries. A total of 22 schools received $7300 in awards. Throughout the nine years of the program, there have been 46,468 student entries, with $42,250 in school awards to supplement physical education and health programs.

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