[mccookgazette.com] Fair ~ 53°F  
High: 86°F ~ Low: 50°F
Friday, May 6, 2016

Fitness and Nutrition Day draws 400 kids

Friday, October 12, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The seventh annual Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition Day (NKFND) was Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at McCook High School, Junior High and YMCA. Four hundred twenty-seven fourth grade students from across the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) eight-county health district participated in the one day fitness and nutrition event. Schools participating include: Arapahoe, Cambridge, Chase County, Dundy County, Eustis-Farnam, Hayes Center, Hitchcock County, Maywood, McCook Central Elementary, McCook St. Patrick's, Medicine Valley, Perkins County, Southern Valley, Southwest and Wauneta/Palisade.

"Once again NKFND was a huge success, and the majority of that success is due to the outstanding students and excellent community volunteers that assist with the instruction of the students throughout the day!" states Carrie Goltl, McCook Public Schools and co-chairman of the event.

NKFND was developed and funded, in part, by the Nebraska Beef Council and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. SWNPHD and McCook Public Schools co-chair the event with the strong partnership of McCook YMCA, McCook Lettering, and McCook Optimist Club.

"Our community partnerships are so valuable to the success of this event," explains Myra Stoney, Director at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. "Whether it is a financial sponsorship or manpower, it is great to see so much support, from numerous businesses and communities in Southwest Nebraska. At this point, we have been able to provide this educational experience to well over 3000 students and look forward to continued support for this excellent hands-on learning opportunity."

This one day event includes six nutrition stations and sixteen fitness stations. Students rotate through each highly focused station: eighteen minutes at nutrition stations and seven minutes at fitness stations. Nutrition stations include information on proper hand washing, label reading, my plate food guide, healthy snacks, proper portion sizes and energy balance. Fitness stations offer an obstacle course, parachute, scooters, stackers, bean bag toss, hurdle hopscotch, jump rope, dance twister, kick boxing, bosu balls, over/under medicine balls, disc Frisbee, chair basketball, bouncy balls, fitness Tic Tac Toe and boot camp.

"This is a fun-filled day, focused on teaching youth healthy choices." states Helena T. Janousek, NKFND Coordinator at SWNPHD. "One easy choice was the healthy lunch from Sodexho that had a delicious homemade whole wheat roll with beef slices and Land of Lakes donated milk for the event. We know this can make a difference in the lives of our youth."

More than 135 volunteers were utilized teaching and assisting at each of the fitness and nutrition stations. "Our thanks to the great volunteers," expressed Janousek. "We had excellent students from Medicine Valley, McCook Junior High, McCook High School and McCook Community College. We are very lucky to have involved dieticians, extension educators, YMCA staff members, McCook Optimists members, and many more that make this event so fun."

To learn more about the event, call SWNPHD at 308-345-4223, view photo albums of the event at www.swhealth.ne.gov and review our list of NKFND sponsors. For additional information, contact Helena at respite@swhealth.ne.gov or stop by our office at 404 West 10th Street.

Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on mccookgazette.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Great event

-- Posted by dennis on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 5:48 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: