Montana Health News

Oct 5, 2012 9:24 PM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News

Missoula students 'fall' into fitness

MISSOULA- Students at Hellgate Middle School danced hip hop, jumped rope and kickboxed on Friday as part of the second annual Fall into Fitness fundraiser.

Students participated and raised money through pledges for class field trips and other events and for every $25 raised, students received a raffle ticket to win a new bike.

The top 10 fundraisers of each grade level will be honored with a smoothie party. Meanwhile, students and parents say that staying healthy and fit is a top priority.

"I think it's important to stay active so first of all you stay in shape and then it's just kind of fun," eighth grade student Kelsey Crittenben said

School wellness coordinator Denise Zimmer said it's best to instill good habits in kids when they're young.

"That'll carry into your adulthood and we won't have the problem of adult obesity as well so we're trying to teach them early."

Fall Into Fitness was created as an alternative to unhealthy fundraising and to help combat childhood obesity.

Professional instructors from around the community and the Griz basketball team donated their time to the school to help with the fundraiser.

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