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Leoti, Kan. Junior High Finds Ways to Exercise, Wins National Health Contest
Date:2/23/2009

Disney Pop Star Sabrina Bryan Will Visit School

LEOTI, Kan., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leoti, Kan. has faced its share of adversity due to the economy. One challenge was that the junior high gymnasium had to be condemned because of structural problems. This left the students with no place to exercise indoors during the school day. Even so, the students at the town's junior high managed to rally support for their dedication to health and fitness. Through their effort to earn money for equipment that would provide alternate ways to be active, the students of Wichita County Junior High School in Leoti (pronounced Lee-o-tah) won the nationwide Dance for Health(TM) contest and more than $5,000 to help them continue on their path to fitness.

Dance for Health(TM) is a competition from Healthy Kids Challenge, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing childhood obesity, sponsored by CIGNA and Mission Foods. Nationally, nearly 200 schools took part in the competition held last fall.

In addition to the monetary award, the students also earned another reward. Sabrina Bryan, a member of Disney's popular Cheetah Girls pop group, actress, and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant will visit the school on February 25 to talk with the students about how to become and stay healthy. While visiting the school, Bryan will also teach the students dance moves she created for her new fitness video. Bryan is national spokesperson for Healthy Kids Challenge.

"I can't wait to visit the kids," Bryan said. "I'm very dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. It's such a challenging problem with a critical health impact. Dance is one way to keep fit, and I'm excited to bring it to Leoti."

The community of 1,372 people(1) rallied around the students and pledged money and donated gifts for a school dance-a-thon. They raised $3,908.55 - the most of any participating school in America, plus rece
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