Schools Take New Approach to Fitness

By: Ashley Porter Email
By: Ashley Porter Email

Thanks to a physical education grant, the Community Students Learning Center is changing the way students in Holmes County look at fitness. It could be an example for other Mississippi schools.

Lexington Elementary has gym classes that meet for 50 minutes every day, and built up its tools for kids to stay fit.

When they come in, they know it's going to be something new and exciting.
Principal Pearl Mabry says the new equipment, exercise stations, even the posters are all thanks to a federal grant that gives more than a million dollars over three years to fight obesity in the county's schools.

"They go through the activity and most of it is like some type of dance," said Mabry.

Program organizers say special bikes makes students feel more like they're playing video games and less like they're exercising.

They get a chance to be interactive because that's the first thing that captures most of the children's attention.

Holmes county is the second most obese county in the country's most obese state.

"About 32.5% of youth are obese here," said Porche Frizell of the
Community Students Learning Center. "We're always known as an impoverished area, but we have great things going on here. They really enjoy it and they don't know they are exercising. That's the best thing about it."

Right now, all of the county's middle schools are being outfitted with high-tech fitness tools.


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