Statewide — Fifth-grade Hyde Park Elementary School student Madeline Waterman tells other Vermont kids to “Be Active, Fit and Healthy.” Brattleboro friends Annie Takacs, 11, Bella Takacs, 8, and Rei Kimura, 7, wear fruit costumes and sing a song to convince their peers to eat colorful produce. Children enrolled in the Hiawatha Kindergarten After School Program in Essex Junction show that moving more is “easy as ABC.”
These Vermont kids turned their messages into video announcements for the Vermont Fit & Healthy Kids Winter Challenge, a contest hosted by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. About 150 children created 33 videos submitted for the contest. The videos were submitted in three categories: Move More, Eat More Colors and Turn off the Screen to be active. All of the videos are posted at http://vermontfitness.org (Pull down the Fit & Healthy Kids menu and click on Winter Challenge entries). The videos will air on public and educational access cable stations statewide. Viewers voted for their favorite videos, and council judges assessed the strongest messages and most creative efforts.
Participants won certificates of achievement and FlipVideo cameras compliments of the council, lift tickets from Ski Vermont and sports gear donated by Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont Recreation and Parks Association, Girls on the Run Vermont and the Vermont Department of Health. The children received the awards on April 5 at Hyde Park Elementary School.
About 100 people attended the awards event. The videos created by Vermont kids played on a large screen. Cross-country skiing champion Marc Gilbertson, coach at Craftsbury Nordic Center, teacher at Lamoille Union Middle School and participant in the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, spoke about the importance of staying fit and being confident. Ski Vermont, Concept 2, River Arts of Morrisville, Copley Hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Stowe Pediatric Outreach Project and Fit & Healthy Lamoille Valley provided demonstrations and exhibits.
Vermont Fit & Healthy Kids Winter Challenge proactively addresses obesity in Vermont. More than a fourth of the state’s children are overweight for their age and height, and only 27 percent of Vermont students get the recommended minimum of one hour of exercise daily, according to the state health department. Through the contest, the council intends to engage young Vermonters in conversations about how to be fit and healthy.
“We decided that we should take our own advice and are now on a daily basis taking a break from computer work to do stretches. We are moving, and you got us thinking,” said Barbara Flack, Multimedia and Design Instructor at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park. More than 20 students from the center created three videos for the contest, winning a FlipVideo camera for the Multimedia and Pre-technical programs.
Contest entry titles, participants’ names and affiliations and awards follow.
|Category/Title||Submitted By||# of Votes||Award|
|1||Move More Training Video||Greg Baker||YMCA After School at Bolton – 5 children||8||1st Place Team:Teamwork & Enthusiasm|
|2||Yoga is Good 4 U||Ambiana Snow Glavin||Worcester -1 child||36||First Place Individual:Showing Knowledge of Topic|
|3||A Fit & Healthy Vermont||Theresa Bertram||YMCA After School at Fairfax – 16 children||23||First Place Team:Showing Knowledge of Topic|
|4||Be Active,Fit & Healthy||Madeline Waterman||Hyde Park Elementary School 4H Leadership – 9 children||1||Second Place Team:Creative Use of Medium – 5 students|
|5||Active Activities||Maddie Vear||“”””||1|
|6||Play Sports||Amber Bowen||“”””||2|
|7||We’re Healthy Kids||Emma Olson||“”””||1|
|8||Exercise is Funand||Brad Luck, Essex Junction||Hiawatha Village Kids – 10||3||First Place Team:Creative Use of Medium|
|9||Choose To Be Active||“”” “”||Fleming Village Kids – 10||4|
|10||TagMove||Ian Sudol, Alec Brown, Riley Costello, Kyle Perry, Kyle Maskel, Joey Hoadley, Patrick Ashline, Jaron Stowe, Cole Mason||Green Mountain Technical Center – Multi-Media and Pre-Tech – 9 students||4||First Place Team:Powerful Message|
|11||Get Up||Dylan Cramer||CVU HS – individual -1 child||1||First Place Individual:Creative Use of Medium|
|12||Vermont Healthy Kids||Brad Luck, Essex Junction||Hiawatha Village Kids Kindergarten – 10 students||6||First Place Team:Inspiring Viewers to Move More|
|13||Lose Fat Fast||Sage & Aiden Gongloff-Piché||East Calais – 2 children||0||First Place Individual:Powerful Message|
|EAT MORE COLORS|
|1||The Take Over||Hugh & Connor North||Stowe – 2 children||30l||First Place Individual:Creative Use of Medium|
|2||Eat a Rainbow||Maraika Lumholdt||Sports Nutrition Class at South Burlington H.S. – 1 student||4||First Place Individual:Powerful Message|
|3||Stay Healthy||Brianna Severance||Fuel Up to Play 60 Enosburg Elementary School – 3 children||40||First Place Team:Creative Use of Medium|
|4||P1020133||0||First Place Indiv: Knowledge of Topic|
|5||Eat More Colors by Veggie Heads||Veggie Heads: Annie Takacs (11), Bella Takacs (8), Rei Kimura (7)||Brattleboro – 3 children||21||First Place:Inspiring Viewers to Eat More Colors|
|6||Garden Goodies||Elias Gillen||Johnson – 1 child||7||First Place Individual: Showing Knowledge of Topic|
|7||Eat More Colors by M Patch||Michael Patch||Hyde Park Elementary School 4H Leadership – 2||7||First Place Team:Powerful Message – 1|
|8||Choose Healthy Food||Brad Luck, Essex||Hiawatha Village School – 10||1||First Place Team:Teamwork & Enthusiasm|
|9||Fruit Smoothie Final||Lance Caron, Kassandra Mason, Dylan Peake, Steven Mossey, Amanda Hall, Maya Greenia, Effie Parot, Leah Belrose||Green Mountain Technical Center – Multi-Media and Pre-Tech – 8 Students||0||First Place Team:Creative Use of Medium|
|TURN IT OFF|
|1||Get Off It||Jared Lussier||Hyde Park (HPES student)- 1 child||0||First Place Individual: Showing Knowldege of Topic|
|2||This Or That||Boys & Girls Club||of Brandon –||5||First Place Team: Powerful Message|
|3||Be Fit, Have Fun||Helen Sawyer||Cabot – 1 child||4||First Place Team: Powerful Message|
|4||Turn Off the Screen||Cal Heffernan & Connor O’Toole||South Burlington – 2 children||0||First Place Individual:Creative Use of Medium|
|5||Healthy Shutoff||Rhiana Kellogg||Hyde Park Elementary School 4H Leadership – 9 children||1||First Place Team:Teamwork and Enthusiasm – 4 students|
|6||Jump Rope||Hannah Bora||Hyde Park Elementary School 4H Leadership||1||“””|
|7||Turn It Off, Go Out and Play||Madeline Waterman||1||“””|
|8||Get Off the Computer||Brad Luck, Essex||Summit Village Kids – 10||4||First Place Team:|
|9||Turn Off the TV and Get Outside||Brad Luck, Essex||Hiawatha Village Kids – 10||1||Showing Knowledge of Topic|
|10||Screening||Robert Luten||1 student||0||First Place Individual:Creative Use of Medium|
|11||Unplug||Allison Foster, Ahley Abare, Devlin Long and the pre-tech team||GreenMountain Technical Center- Multi-Media and Pre-Tech – 3 + ?||0||First Place Team:Inspiring Viewers to Turn It Off & Be Active|