Kindergarten class wins Move For Health Day draw

Sheri Haynes's Kindergarten class at Alwin Holland Elementary School won the Move For Health draw.

Fifteen classes participated in the Move For Health Day School Challenge in early May and Haynes's class won the draw and a Quinzno's lunch. Classes were encouraged to get moving in any form - and some even invented their own sports - for 20 to 30 minutes.

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Haynes' students focused on doing their best as they did two laps around the perimeter of the field, then played tag and follow the leader.

"It's important that kids understand that any kind of play is still good for our bodies, it can be play, it doesn't have to be 'exercise'. Having fun outside is healthy too," said Haynes, adding that it was great for the class to be able to be outside and soak up the sun.

"We were talking about the shadows and how we can play tag with our shadows and why there's a shadow, so we can really combine different things when we're outside."

Haynes has taught different grades over the past several years and said her class always participates in Move For Health Day.

"As they get older that to be healthy we need to move and eat the right things and then they pick up on these activities that are sponsored in our community too," she said.

The City celebrated Move For Health Day on May 10, which included free yoga and spin classes. They hosted a 6 a.m. walk where participants in the Walk to Anchorage Corporate Challenge could earn double their kilometres. More than 20 walkers turned out for the event. The Grandparent and Tot Walk on the Northern Vac Track brought out more than 20 people as well.

City Recreation Programmer Kayla Bruintjes said it was a great turnout and they plan on competing with surround communities next spring to get more people motivated to participate in Move For Health Day.

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