3rd And 5th Graders Honored
June 6, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - A class of Nate Mack Elementary School third graders and a fifth-grade class at Wright Elementary School took a simple message to heart and won the 4th Annual UNLV Coaches' Challenge, which is a collaborative program that encourages elementary school children to choose healthy food and participate in physical activity. The message: fruit, vegetables and physical activity are good for you.
UNLV men's basketball head coach Dave Rice and women's soccer head coach Jennifer Klein will visit the classrooms to congratulate the students for their effort and to continue to encourage them to make healthy choices and be physically active. Rice will visit Nate Mack Elementary School (3170 Laurel Ave., Henderson) on Tuesday, June 7 at 9:15 a.m., while Klein will visit Wright Elementary School (8425 Bob Fisk Ave., Las Vegas) on Wednesday, June 8 at noon.
This year's participating classes collectively earned a total of 157,848 points. Each point equals a serving of fruit or vegetables or 15 minutes of physical activity. 143 teachers enrolled 9,600 students in this year's Coaches' Challenge program.
"We continue to see high rates of obesity among children and to combat this, it is so important to encourage children to create good, healthy habits that will carry through their entire lives," Rice said. "By adopting good habits now they will be able to live active and full lives."
"It is especially important to encourage girls to participate in physical activity or organized sports because as they get older, they tend to be less active than boys," Klein said. "By participating in the Coaches' Challenge, it is a way to help both girls and boys to eat more fruits and vegetables and be more active. This encouragement will help them to develop good, healthy habits early on."
The annual Coaches' Challenge is a collaborative effort between the Southern Nevada Health District, the Clark County School District and UNLV Athletics. Each year, the winning classrooms receive tickets to UNLV sporting events and the grand prize winning classrooms receive a visit from a UNLV head coach.
Updated information about the Southern Nevada Health District can be found on Facebook www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, on YouTube www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict or Twitter www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo. For information about the annual Coaches' Challenge or tips about adopting healthy lifestyle tips, visit www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org or call the Southern Nevada Health District's office of chronic disease prevention and health promotion, (702) 759-1270.