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Crunch Out Obesity

Fredericktown 4th grade students participated in a physical activity and nutrition program (Sponsored by United Way, Knox County Health Dept. and the YMCA) during the months of October and November. All students received a free exercise ball and learned great tips about how to get fit and eat the correct portion size of the right foods. The program culminated with an essay contest.

Crunch Out Obesity was created to help kids and families realize the importance of getting fit and eating the rights foods with the correct portion.  

  • 33% of Knox County 3rd graders were considered overweight or obese in 2010.
  • More than 1 in 3 children (ages 10-17) in Ohio are overweight due to lack of exercise and the intake of unhealthy foods.
  • By 2018 obesity rates in Ohio will surpass 50% of the population.
  • This is the first generation that may not outlive their parents.

Congratulations to Graham Overholt, Korbin Rogers, Ava Lodahl, and Haley Lester as this year’s Crunch Out Obesity essay contest winners! The students were to explain how the Crunch Out Obesity program has improved their health through physical activity and better nutritional habits. This year’s Fredericktown overall winner was Graham Overholt!

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Author Visit from Jason Tharp

On Wednesday, Nov. 14th, K-5 elementary students were visited by author, and illustrator, Jason Tharp.  Jason's message was for kids to be kind, embrace their unique selves and to follow their dreams.  He also taught students how to draw some of his cartoon characters like unicorns and monsters.  He has illustrated a number of series of books for Scholastic, his most recent being the Peachy and Keen books.  What made Tharp's visit especially meaningful is that Jason is a 1994 graduate of Fredericktown High School.   You can learn more about Jason Tharp and his work at Wonderville Studios.

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