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HOSA Members Join STEP Express to Battle Childhood Obesity

In an effort to battle childhood obesity, Delta Elementary School kicked off the STEP Express Program with a Fun Run/Walk from the Delta Community Medical Center to the elementary school on September 27, 2013.

All fourth graders, along with many parents, teachers, and nurses from the Delta Community Medical Center assembled to start the first step of the program. Other students from the school cheered them on as they made their way down Delta Main Street.

High school students in HOSA: Future Health Professionals (Advisor: Stephanie Bayles, R.N.) and Sterling Scholar candidates helped keep runners going in the right direction, offered encouragement, handed out drinks, and challenged each other to run the entire distance.

SelectHealth created STEP Express a free fitness program to fourth graders, after the Department of Health published a study that revealed a dramatic increase in overweight and obese children between the third and fifth grades. STEP Express attempts to target that problem age and make children aware of how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Jill Bogue, a nurse at the hospital, and Marsha Pack, a PE teacher at the school, teamed up with Intermountain Healthcare and Central Utah Public Health to start the eight week program.

HOSA Members also helped with an assembly about the STEP Express Program for the entire school after the Fun Run. Participating fourth graders received a backpack, stickers, and a water bottle to help them start on the path to a Healthy Lifestyle.

Delta High School HOSA members at STEP Express Fun Run
Photo courtesy of Linda Payne, Millard County Chronicle Progress

This blog post was originally published in the Millard County Chronicle Progress.

 

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