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Free In-Class Health Program Complete with Curriculum Available to Teachers Statewide
Date:11/1/2013

PHOENIX, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifth-grade teachers statewide are invited to register for the 2014 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Walk On! Challenge. This annual program provides fifth-grade teachers with a fun and interactive way to teach the importance of good nutrition, physical activity and overall healthy lifestyle choices.

The Walk On! Challenge is a free health and fitness program implemented in classrooms every February. Teachers receive tool kits from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona with information and in-class materials to teach the program in class. And new this year the tool kit includes curriculum developed by Mollen Foundation experts to make it seamless for teachers to incorporate the messages into their regular school schedule. 

Plus participating schools can apply to win one of five $5,000 grants to continue teaching the importance of physical education and nutrition all year long. 

"Our mission at Wilson Elementary is to systematically transform the school culture by increasing student activity levels, teaching healthy eating habits and providing students with the tools necessary to live long healthy lives," said Daniel Velazquez, 2013 grant winner at Wilson Elementary School and now PE teacher for Lowell Elementary School in Mesa. "The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Walk On! Challenge has been an amazing healthy program for the fifth-grade students at our school."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports obesity now affects nearly 18 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States, and since 1980, the number has almost tripled. And while among low-income preschoolers aged 2–4 years, many states are now showing small declines in childhood obesity rates, the CDC n
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