OKLAHOMA CITY – Elementary students at some Oklahoma City Public Schools have been hopping up and down for a good cause – to raise awareness because February is National Heart Health month.
Activity is crucial for students and at Lee Elementary.
The child obesity rate is at 37 percent.
“Jumping, the Chinese ropes, hula hoops,” Sandoval said.
It’s all about mixing fun and education.
“Teach them important things,” said Coach John Williams, PE 1 Teacher at Lee Elementary. “One, about being healthy but, two, about being fit and active and fight child obesity, which is right now about 40 percent in the country.”
For the past month, the kids have been hopping around every day, raising money and awareness for the American Heart Association.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America.
Williams said these programs are crucial.
“Getting them opportunities in life that they may not otherwise get if they didn’t come to school or have these programs,” Williams said.
Williams said teachers have the ability to help kids get rid of unhealthy habits.
At Lee Elementary, he said many of the students don’t have the financial support at home and their dropout rate is 20 percent in the area.
“We’re hoping with this this helps change to motivate them to want to stay in school, live healthy, go onto college,” Williams said. “That’s the goal here as educators are to promote making your life better.”
These hard working kids might be young, but they are already getting the message.
“You get to stay healthy and active,” said 9-year-old Cecila Sandoval.
So far, the school has raised $800 for the American Heart Association.
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