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Elementary schools win awards in national challenge

Pictured with Steve Whalen, PE teacher at Monterrey Elementary School are some of his students under their Silver School-winning banner for the Healthier US School Challenge. All 12 of RISD’s elementary schools received a national award from the USDA noting their excellent physical activity and nutrition guidelines. (Submitted Photo)

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March is National Nutrition Month. As coordinators with Healthy Kids Chaves County, Paula Camp and Becky Joyce support healthy eating and physical activity in local schools and among children in Chaves County with many activities throughout the year.

Medal winners at Valley View Elementary stand in front of their new school masot painting wearing their medals earned from the Healthy Kids challenge. (Submitted Photo)

Recently, the schools in Chaves County participated in the Healthier US School Challenge through the United States Department of Agriculture. All 12 of Chaves County’s elementary schools received a national award from the USDA noting their excellent physical activity and nutrition guidelines. Ten schools received silver awards and two schools received bronze.

Students at Pecos Elementary and players from the Roswell High School football team play together during a playday scheduled by Healthy Kids of Chaves County for the “Eat Smart to Play Hard” program. (Submitted Photo)

Also, every year in the fall, the Healthy Kids Chaves County 5210 Mayor’s Challenge encourages students for 21 days to eat five (5) fruits or vegetables every day, with (2) two hours or less of screen time, (1) one hour of physical activity each day and (0) represents drinking water. All who complete the challenge receive medals in all schools in Chaves County and names are drawn from those to win a bicycle at each school.

Pictured, from left, are Mayor Dennis Kintigh; Nancy Lopez Elementary bicycle winner from fall 2019, Olivia Grado; her teacher, Mrs. Cavin is not pictured; Paula Camp, coordinator with Healthy Kids Chaves County; and Joanne Palomino with the Department of Health. This bike was donated by Roswell Tire. (Submitted Photo)

Another healthy activity in coordination with Healthy Kids Chaves County includes a day when some of the high school football team members visit the elementary schools during the “Eat Smart to Play Hard Fun Day.”

Joyce said in an email, “Jeff Lynn, RHS football coach, is so great to send some of his players for our ‘Fun Days’ to play with the elementary kids. They look forward to playing with the high school players.”

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Medal winners from Del Norte Elementary. To receive a medal, a student has to complete the 5210 challenge for 21 days. (Submitted Photo)

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