New program aims to help students get healthy

Lynndale students Kyla Thierry, Justin Munoz and Lizzie Burt

A new grant-supported program at eight local schools wants to get kids moving toward a healthier lifestyle.

Up to 400 students are taking part in the new MOVE 60! program, which began last week. The goal is to get students exercising 60 minutes per day either before or after school.

The program is intended for students who need more exercise, may be obese or have health issues, or do not have the opportunity to play on a sports team. A variety of activities are offered — running, walking, hiking, tennis, dance, jump rope or biking.

It’s taking place at  Hazelwood, Lynndale, Cedar Valley, College Place, Maplewood K-8, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace and Spruce elementary schools.
The three-year, $917,000 grant is from the Verdant Health Commission, formerly the South Snohomish County Commission for Health.

Lynndale teacher Jeff Olson addresses students in the program.

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