Montana Health News

May 26, 2012 2:28 PM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)

Northwest Montana students wage obesity fight

WHITEFISH- Seven Whitefish High School students are fighting child and adolescent obesity through a special program designed to teach other students about healthy lifestyles.

The "Fit for the Future" project took place earlier this week at the Whitefish Middle School and is designed to teach fifth and sixth grade students about sleep, personal hygiene, nutrition and emotional health.

Middle school students learned Friday about the importance of exercise at the high school track through fun events like the balloon toss and jump rope.

"For the fifth and sixth graders they're at an age where they start forming habits about eating and exercising and things so we really want to show them the right way to treat their bodies so they can continue that through high school and the rest of their lives, explained high school student Hailey Vasquez, who along with her peers, is leading the project.

Whitefish Credit Unions sponsors Fit for the Future and has underwritten the cost of sports bottles and dental care kits for each of the 230 students.

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