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Superintendent challenges educators to get fit

Superintendent challenges educators to get fit

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Office of Education is trying to promote fitness in schools, but not just with students. It's especially challenging educators to register for a 5K race this year.

While trying to make kids more active, State Superintendent Larry Shumway is also issuing a challenge to educators.

"We know that we have an obesity epidemic among our young people and it's a good idea for the adults in schools to set a better example," he said.

The 5K race in Wheeler Farm on May 5 is just one of the activities in a whole series of events. Shumway says 96 educators will take part in the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay in June. He says getting fit may even make them into better teachers.

Superintendent's Fitness Challenge
  • For Utah educators and staff members
  • Saturday, May 5
  • 8:30 am
  • Wheeler Farm
    6351 South 900 East
    Salt Lake City
  • Registration: $20 in-advance (online), $35 on-site
  • Free 1,500 meter race for children 12 and under directly after the 5K

"People who are active and physically fit improve their cognitive function," he said.

Even if teachers can't run long distances, he's encouraging them to find other ways to be active.

"One of the great things about being an elementary school teacher is that this time of year you've got a playground you can walk around," he pointed out.

For more information on the Fitnesss Matters, Wellness Works Superintendent's Fitness Challenge click here.


Paul Nelson


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