|Anderson School District Four believes it has a responsibility to help students and families learn, establish, and maintain lifelong healthy eating and activity patterns. In the last two decades, national obesity rates have quadrupled in children ages 6-11 (4% - 20%) and tripled in adolescents ages 12-19 (6% - 18%). In SC, current statistics show that over 45% of children in SC are overweight or obese and closer to home, this percentage for Anderson County’s raises to close to 70%. In an effort to fight childhood obesity in Anderson Four, we are proud to announce our Green Means Go, Be Active Initiative.
This year, we are encouraging students and employees to be active at least 60 minutes every day. Students and staff member can participate in the Green Zone Card program, which identifies several fitness and nutritional options where participants can earn punches for participation. Once all 10 punches are earned, students can submit their card to the school secretary to redeem their prize. Employees can enter into a drawing at the end of the school year for cool prizes.
Additionally, we are encouraging employees to exercise at school during unencumbered times. We believe that taking a walk during planning with a colleague or visiting the school’s Green Space for a 10 minute stretch or spin is a great investment in their health and performance. More importantly, it models to our students the importance of regular exercise. Just 10 minutes of exercise leads to an immediate boost in concentration, mental focus, and performance.