Area schools take First Lady's advice getting healthy

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Schools across our area are focusing on staying healthy one year after the First Lady's Let's Move campaign to combat childhood obesity.

First Lady Michelle Obama is in Georgia, celebrating the first anniversary of her campaign to reduce childhood obesity.

WTOC found several schools who are following her advice to get heathly and so far so good over at Savannah Christian Preparatory School. They not only offer their students healthy options in the lunchroom, but they are making sure they exercise not just a couple of times a week but daily.

On Wednesday, WTOC went over to their lower school and found first grade students jumping rope, doing push-ups, sit-ups, and playing games to keep them moving.

This is all part of Savannah Christian Prepatory School's mission to keep students active. P.E. Teacher Chris Spurlock says he makes sure to talk to students about fitness everyday and continues to find creative ways to keep students motivated starting at a young age. He says the first lady's campaign is a great way to take on childhood obesity.

"Fitness is apart of what we do it's giving the nation the ability to talk about childhood obesity and fitness movement and where it really needs to go and make it important. I really feel like it's become a national forefront," said Spurlock.

Spurlock says it's important to get students excited about fitness and he makes sure to encourage the students to set fitness goals and achieve those goals. As for lunchroom this school year Savannah Christian has worked with dieticians to come with healthy eating options for their students. They now have a fruit and vegetable bar,low fat milk options, and they are turning away from processed foods and now have wheat options for their students.

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