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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2010

Students at Hilton Head’s School for the Creative Arts named to All-Health Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Walk One World Walking Club at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts has been named to the All-Health Team, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Physical education teacher Jackie Wheeler noticed that the student population was not only overweight, but a large percentage of the students were obese,” said Joann Minder, All Health Team program coordinator. “Ms Wheeler says the Walk One World Walking Club was created in an attempt to give students who arrived at school early something to do other than just sitting around waiting for the bell to ring.”

According to Minder, the walking club combines the study of geography and maps with physical activity. The students choose different places and calculate the number of miles it would take to walk to that destination. They track and log the mileage they walk. The club provides an opportunity for the parents to walk with their children before school. They also set up fitness stations in the gym for fitness testing. Scores are recorded for activities such as push-ups, curl-ups and jump rope.

“The students promote the club through monthly newsletters, PTA meetings and the school’s morning news,” Minder said.

For being named to the All-Health Team, the Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts will receive $500 to expand its project, t-shirts and other All-Health Team items, recognition on the All-Health Team Web site and a television spot on WIS-TV in Columbia.

DHEC, WIS-TV, and BlueCross-BlueShield of South Carolina sponsor the All-Health Team. Each month, the partnership recognizes an individual or youth group promoting health in their community. For more information, visit the All-Health Team Web site, call Minder at (803) 545-4501, or e-mail her at: minderjm@dhec.sc.gov.

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For more information:
Adam Myrick - (803) 898-3884
E-mail - myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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