Two Houston County Schools Win Fitness Award | Health
For the second year in a row, a Houston County school has won a state fitness award for its 2012-2013 school year.
Even though they're just first graders, kids at Perry Primary are strong.
"I like to run and I like to do pushups, and sit-ups. And I like to do exercises," said Jalen Hall.
So strong that they won the silver medal in Georgia's Shape Honor Roll Program.
Part of what determines that are student fitness assessments.
"The more you do it, the better you get," said Aubrey Herndon.
First graders are tested only by their height and weight, but Coach Anna Henry wants them to have a jumpstart on exercises that will be tested from 4th to 12th grades.
"We also do work with them on sit-ups, push-ups, sit and reach, a pacer test, or running test of some sort," said Henry.
Herndon isn't afraid of a little exercise.
"Running is fun, but I get sweaty, sweaty, sweaty. Because we have to do it eight times," she said.
To make sure kids understand how to do a exercise, Henry demonstrates. Jalen Hall, 8, exercises with two goals in mind.
"So I don't get sick and I can get muscles," said Hall.
Henry says it's amazing to see kids develop. "By the end of the year they're doing a great job. And their endurance has really increased," she said.
A competitive coach, Henry says she's going for the gold for this school year.
Linwood Elementary in Warner Robins also won silver.