Viking athletes visit local schools for On The Move

Mar 27th, 2014 @ 1:53 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
The Valley City State University football and volleyball teams partnered with On The Move to help area elementary students stay active this March.

On The Move for Students is a program that encourages local elementary students to do 60 minutes of physical activity at least five days per week.

Members of the VCSU football and volleyball teams visited elementary schools in Barnes County during the first week of March to speak about the importance of being active and eating healthy, show the students exercises they do for training, and show students that physical activity can be fun.

"The teachers and principals were just so very appreciative of us showing up with the VCSU students," said Andrea Winter, one of the On The Move for Students organizers. "They're like local celebrities so it was exciting for the kids."

Winter said this is the fourth year of the program, and the second year that VCSU student-athletes have helped by working with elementary students.

"The VCSU students just did a fantastic job of talking about eating healthy and the value of exercise and how it can be fun," said Winter. "We were just so impressed. The kids loved them, and they loved interacting with the kids."

On The Move for Students is sponsored by the Barnes On The Move Partnership (VCSU is one of the 16 partners), local sponsors, and the North Dakota Cancer Coalition.  It is for elementary students in Litchville-Marion, Barnes County North, Maple Valley (Oriska and Buffalo), St. Catherine’s Catholic School, and Valley City Public Schools.
 
During the four weeks in March all kindergarten through grade 6 students will be challenged to do 60 minutes of exercise at least 5 days per week. When they accomplish this they will put a ‘tennis shoe’ up on the school wall each week. Foldable Frisbees will be given to all students who meet the goal.  A physical activity celebration – a swimming day at the Valley City State University Pool – will be held for all students, teachers and the Elementary Principal. 

Winter said 68 percent of students and 97 percent of teachers and school staff met the exercise goals last year.