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By Debbie Cowan

Adair County Elementary School (ACES) students are enjoying the opportunity to become more physically active at school this year as they participate in the school's 100 Mile Walking Club. The 100 Mile Club is a national organization that seeks to provide an opportunity for students to experience fitness and personal success.

The philosophy behind The 100 Mile Club is simple; the belief that every single individual has the ability to achieve personal success and a new level of physical fitness by accepting the challenge of walking 100 miles at school during a single school year. It's not a competition, but rather a personal journey for each student as they work to achieve the goal of becoming more physically active each day.

Students that participate in ACES's Camp SAFARI 21st Century Program and students that wait at school each afternoon for late or second load busses have been participating in the Walking Club. Each afternoon, if weather permits, students go outside to the walking track and walk for approximately 15 minutes. Over 100 students have participated with about 25 of them being very active participants. Students monitor their own progress and are awarded prizes when they reach certain walking milestones.

ACES has a great "track record" for securing physical fitness opportunities for students. The paved walking track that is used daily for recess and for The 100 Mile Club was made possible several years ago through a generous grant from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department and because of this, students are able to walk even when it has been raining or snowing.

The 100 Mile Walking Club is sponsored by Ms. Debbie Cowan and The Family Resource Center at ACES and has been made possible through a grant from the Active Schools Acceleration Project. - Debbie Cowan

This story was posted on 2014-05-01 09:55:28
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ACES students on track for physical fitness

2014-05-01 - ACES, 870 Indian DR, Columbia, Ky - Photo by Debbie Cowan.
Adair Elementary School
students enjoy walking after school each day as part of the 100 Mile Walking Club. - Debbie Cowan

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