May 3, 2010 7:47 PM
Childhood obesity has turned into an epidemic. It has more than tripled in the last thirty years, according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. However, hundreds of students in the Chico and Redding areas are hoping to decrease that statistic, by participating in the Subway fitness challenge. They took part in a six week program and tracked their daily physical activity. "I ran, I swam, I rode bikes and I played catch," 4th grader Kaleb Vervalin stated.
For students at Little Chico Creek Elementary, it paid off! Subway awarded them a thousand dollars Monday afternoon for being the top performing school in the Chico area. "It feels really great because you just get money for P.E. and P.E. equipment so it is really great."
It also taught them a valuable lesson when it comes to being healthy. "I learned about exercise, and to just go outside and now I learned how to do more fun things besides sit on the couch and play video games," 4th grader Cameron Boyer explained.
The school will use the money to buy weight bars, jump ropes, mats and other exercise equipment.
Later this week, Durham Elementary, Pacheco Elementary in Anderson and Golden Hills Elementary in Oroville will also be awarded a thousand dollars from Subway.