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Increased Physical Activity Wins Schools A Visit From Indiana Fever

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By increasing their regular physical activity, students at Saint John the Baptist School in Tipton and Bloomfield Elementary School have won an Indiana Fever fitness clinic at their school.

They won this honor through participation in the INShape Indiana Governor's Fitness Award program.

"Being physically active, especially at a young age, is an essential part of staying healthy," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. "By committing to this program over the past several weeks, the students at these schools have earned their reward and developed healthy behaviors that will continue to benefit them as adolescents and adults."

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Each year, two schools win the clinics by having the top participation and successful completion rates of the schools that took part in the INShape Indiana Governor's Fitness Award program. It is a free nine-week program that encourages Hoosier children in grades 1 to 12 to become more physically active.

"Students at St. John's School participate in a number of fitness activities throughout the year," said Principal Tina McCullough. "We were especially excited to offer the Governor's Fitness challenge to our students. The response to this opportunity was very encouraging. The students, their families, and our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Calvin, are all to be commended for their desire to improve their health and quality of li fe.Our school family is looking forward to the Fever's visit."

"The Governor's Fitness Award program is great because it teaches kids activities they can do at school or at home," said Principal Mary Jane Vandeventer, Bloomfield Elementary. "They are learning a skill they can use for the rest of their lives."

During the clinics, Indiana Fever personnel will speak to the students at the winning schools about the value of incorporating physical activity and good nutrition into their daily lives. The athletes will share how their own daily activity and other healthy habits have contributed to their success. The players and coach will then lead the students in a number of exercise drills and other physical activities.

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