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May 6, 2009

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or


Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition Day Wins Award

Lincoln—The State Board of Health at its March meeting gave a public health recognition award to the Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition Day.

Linda Heiden of Bertrand, a public member of the board, presented the award to Julie Neighbors, health educator with the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, on April 23 in Imperial.

“The board’s choice reflects its goal of recognizing programs that teach how to prevent chronic disease and live a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition Day brings together about 500 fourth graders every year from across the eight-county health district for five hours of fun and physical activities.

The students step, jump and learn new skills at sixteen fun and interactive physical activity stations. The students also participate in six hands-on nutrition education stations which cover basic nutrition, the relationship between diet and general health, energy balance, nutrition for proper growth and development, health food choices, snack alternatives and food safety.

The Nebraska Beef Council and the Nebraska Dairy Council provide participants with a healthy sack lunch and milk. The Dairy Council also provides nutritional resources and Frisbees to all students. Students also receive a t-shirt and back pack provided by grant money and donations from surrounding businesses in the southwest district.

The State Board of Health recognizes preventive health initiatives like the Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition Day as being critical to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities.