Are you an educator looking to include physical activity into your busy schedule for your students?
Shelby County Health Department, along with other community partners, offers The School of Walk & Run of Tennessee program. This program aims to increase physical activity among students with the goal of walking at least 10,000 steps per day. A walking club is a fun way for students and teachers to be more active. Students will journey across Tennessee, walking together during the school year without even leaving their classroom! Along the way, they will learn interesting science, health, history, and college/university facts that will increase their state knowledge and get them moving more!
Students are rewarded for reaching walking milestones with Shelby County Health Department incentives, such as: ear buds, visors, sweat towels, etc.
According to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released in 2017, Tennessee is ranked #6 as the state with the highest adult obesity rate in the nation. The current rate is 34.8%, up from 20.9% in 2000 and from 11.1% in 1990. In 2016, Tennessee ranked #1 in combined overweight and obesity rate at 37.7%, among 10-17 year olds. Being overweight has been linked to chronic diseases, such as: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.
Walking is an easy and fun activity that requires minimal effort, strengthens bones, reduces excess weight, improves mental attitude, attention, and some measures of academic performance, and it may also help to prevent/control certain chronic diseases.
If you are interested in starting or reviving a walk/run club at your school, please email Geretta.Hollins@shelbycountytn.gov or call her at 901-222-9272.