Delhi Twp. Students Encouraged to Get Moving

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One local community is taking fitness very seriously.

Delhi Twp. has passed a resolution supporting the Winter Warm-Up program and Blues Community Challenge, which are happening right now across mid-Michigan.

Even its youngest neighbors are stepping up to the plate.

It's 8 a.m. Wednesday morning at Horizon Elementary School, and the gym is packed. Kids are up early, walking, talking, smiling, starting their day school day-- before school-- with a little physical fitness. It's Horizon's Winter Breakfast Club.

"I think it's fun," said Emma Netzel, a fourth grader at Horizon. "We walk around the gym, and we have these cards, and every time we walk around it, they punch our cards."

The kids log their miles and get prizes the more they walk.

"I get to exercise before school and get all my energy out and hang out with friends," said Sophie Miller, a Horizon fourth grader.

It's a fun experience for the kids, and one that helps them when they get to the classroom.

"We have discovered that a before-school fitness club in the winter translates to academic engaged time in the classroom, which turns into good things both academically and on the behavior side of things," said Principal David Hornak.

"A lot of these kids know the importance of walking before school or exercising before school, because they know it kick starts their brain and they're better able to focus in class," said Jen Miller, who runs the Winter Breakfast Club at Horizon.

Horizon has a comprehensive wellness program that runs all year, including its Walking School Bus Program in the fall and spring.

"Also in the spring, we start a fitness club before school, outside," said Principal Hornak. "We have a 5K program, you name it, Tone Up Tuesday, our faculty and staff all wear fitness clothes on Tuesdays and we exercise with our children. We're trying to do it all."

Even the kids are noticing the results.

"I'm just happy it's for the whole school and not just for a couple of kids because, otherwise, everyone's going to be all riled up before school," Sophie Miller said.

Delhi Twp. also offers senior exercise classes five times a week. Those seniors are logging exercise for the Blues Community Challenge, which is associated with Lansing Loses A Million this year. You can sign up when you click the related link.

Delhi Twp. is hosting a free Conscious Living class at the Sam Corey Senior Center on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. People can learn how to make little changes to lose weight, sleep better, and live longer.

Kids can go sledding with Delhi Twp. firefighters during the township's Sled with a Hero event a week from Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Deadman's Hill.

Click on the related link for a list of events in your community.

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