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cape Gazette HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY, JUNE17 - THURSDAY, JUNE19,2008 2S Milton students benefit from health commitment Grant promotes physical fitness One-third of children and teens in the United States - about 25 million children - are either overweight or on the brink of be- coming so, according to govern- ment statistics. The Health Committee at Milton Elemeno tary School decided to do some- thing about that. Committee members applied for and re- ceived a grant from the Delaware Department of Education to help the school become more physi- cally active and health-con- scious. Kathy Capozzoli, school nurse and a member of the committee, said that as part of the grant they had to promise each child at Mil- ton Elementary School would participate in 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Since students have physical education class for only 45 min- ntes each week, the committee's challenge was to fmd times other than the physical education class for students to be active. ' push for healthy children has become a major focus for the school," said Carlyn Bailey, phys- ical education teacher and com- mittee member. This focus be- gins early each day, when the en- tire school participates in morn- SUBMITTED PHOTOS MILTON ELEMENTARY STUDENTS LeilaClarkand ShawnBundick tango to a song about the benefits of exercise: flexibility, balance and aerobics. If The Shoe Fits.... s  justthe eswe cany, is  ice to o cu that i am most 00-'COMFORT'00" ing movement. Each day a different song is played throughout the building, and students and staff dance or move to the song. Most of the weekly songs, according to Capozzoli, are five minutes long, which is added to the tally for each student. A final part of this school year's focus ended June 10, when the second-graders presented the musical "Feeling Good" for the rest of the school. The production included songs and dance related to healthy eating choices and was a semesterlong integration of mu- sic, dance and acting. Other integrated activities in- cluded student-made posters, signs and collages to inform oth- ers and to decorate the halls. Staff buy-in was an essential component to the grant's suc- cess, said Capozzoli. In the fall the staff was trained in CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Chip dren's Health). The committee saw indoor recess - in the winter months or on rainy days - as a contributing factor to inactivity, as students often played board games, read or worked on as- signments. "We knew that if we could get every child active at either in- door or outdoor recess, we could add that 30 minutes a day to their activity tally," Capozzoli said. The real challenge was how to Continued on page 26 HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer. Now, there's a vaccine that can protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 from certain types of HPV. It's important to ask your doctor about it. Your daughter may even qualify for a free vaccine. You can't protect her from everything--but this is one way you can help your daughter stay healthy. Get her the HPV vaccine. TO LEARN MORE ALL 1-800-464-HELE screening ll 00ortife CareeWmm Cen Cam