FAIRVIEW, Ore., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Three schools in the Reynolds
School District participated in "Move It!," a walking challenge sponsored
by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. Fourth and fifth-graders teamed
up to walk for their health and earn prize money to benefit their schools'
health and fitness programs. Physical education specialists integrated the
program into their curriculum and distributed a "Move It!" backpack, water
bottle and pedometer to their participating students at Fairview, Salish
Ponds and Woodland Elementary.
On Thursday, June 22, Regence will recognize the accomplishments of the
65 fifth-graders at Salish Ponds Elementary who took more than 25 million
steps during the walking challenge. A check for $2,500 will be presented to
these students at an all-school assembly. "Our goal was to help students
develop healthy habits and an active lifestyle," said Bart McMullan,
president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. "Walking is a positive
health benefit to all kids, and we hope this program helped them to
establish walking as a healthy habit."
The "Move It!" program was designed to motivate students to be active
every day by mixing health awareness, action and competition into the daily
lives of the children. To participate, students were asked to wear a
pedometer and record the number of steps they took daily. "Wearing their
own pedometers, I asked 20 teachers to join in the challenge so that the
children could see how their teachers compared to each other, and to the
students," said Karen Roney, physical education specialist at Salish Ponds.
"When the program ended, my students did not want to stop -- so I put up
new posters and they are still going."
Elements of the program included personal and team challenges, as well
as role models -- historical explorers from the American Westward
Fairview Elementary came in second and was presented a check for $1,000
on June 14, 2006. Linda Ferris, the physical education specialist at
Fairview Elementary, worked with her students to record close to seven
million steps. "My students loved choosing their own goals and computing
our steps into miles," said Ferris, "thanks to Regence for doing this for
our kids health."
"We are dedicated to ensuring that children have a healthy start, which
is the foundation of a healthy life," McMullan said. "We are looking
forward to this program again next year."
About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon provides medical, dental and
related coverage for about one million members in Oregon and in Clark
County, Washington. It's part of the Regence Group, the largest affiliation
of health plans in the northwest and intermountain states, collectively
covering nearly three million people. The Regence Group and its affiliates
are not-for-profit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association. Nearly one in three Americans has health care coverage through
Blue Plans. For more information, visit www.or.regence.com.
SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon