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New Health Initiative for Kids Kicking Off in Burkburnett

 The North Texas Area United Way is launching a new health initiative to promote healthier living in children .

The North Texas Area United Way is launching a health initiative "5210=8" in three Burkburnett ISD schools on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Students in kindergarten, first, and second grades at Hardin Elementary, I.C. Evans Elementary and John Tower Elementary will learn to prioritize healthy eating and active living by practicing the "5210=8" habits every day. "5210=8" stands for: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, 0 sugary drinks, and 8 hours of sleep.

 Healthy students do better in school, and that fact makes student wellness a high priority for Burkburnett ISD. "Because of the North Texas Area United Way's (NTAUW) holistic, community-based, and collaborative approach to community health issues, Burkburnett ISD was excited to become a partner with NTAUW to launch the "5-2-1-0 = 8" student health initiative to optimize awareness and action on the part of students, families and teachers on healthy eating and active living in our elementary schools," said Danny Taylor, Burkburnett ISD Superintendent.

The program's model is a perfect fit for both public and commercial and faith-based child care providers to offer support to students, and also reach out to teachers, who are key role models. According to Taylor, "Every Wichita County school district and child care provider should join our coalition to create healthy environments and healthy choices for our kids."

North Texas Area United Way is partnering with Midwestern State University Wilson School of Nursing students. Each week, the elementary students will participate in an activity led by pediatric nursing students to understand the importance of practicing healthy habits. Catherine Pankonien, MSU Assistant Professor, said, "The partnership will allow students the opportunity to interact with different age groups in a community setting instead of a hospital setting."
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