New Health Initiative For Kids Kicking Off In Burkburnett ISD

New Health Initiative For Kids Kicking Off In Burkburnett ISD
Wichita Falls, TX –

A Texoma organization has begun an initiative to encourage kids to live healthy lifestyles. It's all apart of a new program sponsored by the North Texas Area United Way.

"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.

We all know healthy students do better in school. So three times a week over the next several weeks nursing students from Midwestern State University will be working with B-I-S-D, kindergarten, first and second graders in their physical education classes.

Each class they will be discussing the importance of healthy habits.

The NTAUW said their vision for families in Texoma is to live healthy lifestyles and said why not start with Texoma's youth.

"Our long term goal is that we want a higher percentage of our students to be in the healthy fitness zone. So right now only 60 percent. So 60 percent of our kids are considered healthy with their BMI and BMI is typically used to determine obesity," said Quincy Christian, Health Initiative Coordinator with the North Texas Area United Way.  

Organizers said in order to accomplish this its going to have to be a community effort. Therefore, each time a student attends a class about healthy eating or acting living the program will be sent information home to parents to help incorporate these same practices at home. Eventually the program would like to reach out to workplaces in Texoma to make communicating with parents much easier.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6