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Did you know that this is the first generation that is not expected to outlive the previous generation? This is a sobering statistic that is connected to the current epidemic of obesity. According to the Partnership for a Healthier America, "Many weight-related health issues can turn into chronic conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) as children grow older and dramatically cut short their life expectancy."
Daystar Christian School wants to help change this future for its students. By becoming an active school (incorporating 60 minutes into the school day) and by educating the students and parents on the importance of physical activity,
Daystar believes it is making a difference.
Thursday, October 12, Daystar hosted a PIE (Parent Involvement in Education) Night that had an emphasis on physical activity. Many professionals from the area came to help out and share their expertise. The main speaker for the evening was former Denver Bronco player Antwon Burton. Burton encouraged his audience by telling them that physical activity got him to the NFL. When he was in 7th grade, he started walking to a gym at 6:00 a.m. before school so he could work out. That drive and determination eventually let him to the NFL.
“Sports taught me all the things that you need to be successful in life – teamwork, determination, perseverance, and hard work,” said Burton. “Interesting, but being in the NFL was never my goal. My goal was just to work hard at whatever I did in life.”
“I was thankful that Mr. Burton was willing to talk to us of his past. He is a good role model,” said Audra Bennett, 7thgrader.
The evening also had the CSU Pueblo Athletic Department leading out in physical activities, and other local teachers that had Minute To Win It games and Go Noodle activities.
Fourth grader, Alexis Richardson commented, “It was fun to play the games and to see how we could move our bodies. I liked learning how to do the exercises.”
“I understand the importance of moving for children and the connection between learning and better health – they go hand in hand,” said Principal, Michelle Velbis. “The statistics show that when children are more active, they do better academically and physically. Whenever we can encourage students and their parents to do activities together it is an even bigger win for everyone.”