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MOUNT VERNON - It was a day of celebration Saturday when 22 4th grade students were honored for their outstanding effort and commitment to living healthy lives. The occasion at the Mount Vernon YMCA marked the end of the six week Crunch Out Obesity Program offered to students in Danville, Fredericktown, St. Vincent, and Mount Vernon Schools. The program has been part of the physical education classes in the majority of Knox County schools for the past three years, serving almost 500 children this school year alone.

During PE classes, students learn how to use an exercise ball as a fitness tool. Once the students receive the proper training they receive their own exercise ball that they can take home and keep. Along with their exercise ball, they receive a program guide that offers different exercises they can do with the ball and a weekly exercise log.

The Crunch Out Obesity program promotes a healthy lifestyle and 5-2-1-0. That means:

  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
  • 2 hours or less of recreational computer or TV use every day
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity every day
  • 0 sodas or sugary drinks, try water and low-fat milk

According the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 in 3 children (ages 10-17) in Ohio are overweight or obese. Obese children are more than four times more likely to have diabetes. By 2018 obesity rates in Ohio will surpass 50% of the population.

Students in the Crunch Out Obesity were asked to write an essay about their participation in the program. Here a few excerpts from those essays:

“I love the way it has improved my muscles. Yes, it does hurt a little but you do it for your body. Think about what your body can do if you take care of it.”

“I think Crunch out Obesity has helped me by thinking about portion sizes and I hope I will get more fit and athletic.”

“Whoa! This exercise is making me a lot healthier. Before I got the exercise ball, I was just on the couch watching TV or playing games on my phone so this exercise activity has really changed my life.”

The overall winning essay was written by Olivia Wiley who attends East Elementary school.

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Crunch Out Obesity essay winners from left, Trace Galbraith, Miah Rodriguez-Hedeen, Isis Chaffee, Tiffany Marchio, Olivia Wiley, Abby Justice and Mary Grace Richardson. - KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese

The 2014 Fall Crunch Out Obesity Knox County School Essay Winners are:

Columbia Elementary

  • Abby Justice
  • Hanna Humphrey

Dan Emmett Elementary

  • Tiffany Marchio
  • Alton Todd
  • Ryan Morrison

East Elementary

  • Gianna Durbin
  • Wryn Miller

Fredericktown Elementary

  • Isis Chaffee
  • Aden Gould
  • Alex Brumenshenkel
  • Laney Wenger

Pleasant Street Elementary

  • Trace Galbraith
  • Aleah Hull
  • Jaxen Doup

St. Vincent de Paul

  • Mary Grace Richardson

Twin Oak Elementary

  • Zoe Cochran
  • Gaven Wilson
  • Neveah Owens

Wiggin Street Elementary

  • Miah Rodriguez-Hedeen
  • Maia Tazewell

The partners in Crunch Out Obesity are the schools, the United Way of Knox County and the Mount Vernon YMCA. Get Healthy Knox County is a community health improvement plan initiative of the Knox county Health Partnership.

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