Dancing for fitness

The student body of Enon Elementary was one of 25 schools winning the “Get Active Get Fit!” School Challenge sponsored by 1290 AM Radio Disney and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  As part of the celebration, Radio Disney hosted a special dance party for the student body on Feb. 22.  

The challenge, which ran from October through December, involved students committing to 30-minutes of physical activity outside of school with their families.  Laura Haemker, station manager for Radio Disney said Enon was one of the highest in participation.  “They had 94% participation from their student body,” she said.  “They were definitely one of the highest.”  Enon shared the challenge with 346 elementary schools in 130 districts that included 159,000 school-age children.  The program was designed to motivate kids and families to achieve fitness together by engaging in fun activities.                

The special dance party activities included lots of dancing, interaction games, and hoola hooping.  “We wanted to show that dancing is a fun way to get active,” said Haemker.

“I think it is amazing that our children are physically fit and working hard to become more mentally and physically fit,” said Heather Glunt, P.E. Instructor for Enon.  Glunt was responsible for gathering and keeping up with all the data.  “The children had to keep a log of all of their physical activity,” she said.  “All the data had to be recorded and sent to Radio Disney.”

“Ms. Glunt had wanted to do this,” said Michael Crusco, principal at Enon.  “We have done a number of different things to get healthy and fit at the school.  We offer Yoga classes to our teachers.  We have a jump rope club and a walking club; this [the challenge] fit in beautifully with our activities.”  Crusco added saying the party was a nice way to cap it off.


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