Apparently so. OKC’s mayor did the chicken dance with the kids at Western Village Academy this morning. Western Village is one of four schools in Oklahoma participating in the Move for Life health initiative.
Mayor Cornett spoke candidly to the kids, asking them questions about health, the importance of brushing their teeth and overall fitness. The kids had warmed up through their Move for Life routine before the mayor arrived. Leaving only the infamous chicken dance to be performed.
Here’s more from INTEGRIS Health:
With the rate of obesity on the rise in Oklahoma, INTEGRIS Health feels the need to do what we can to combat this problem. Our objective is to reduce the risk of obesity by providing health and nutritional education in conjunction with a regimented physical education program.
The Move For Life Schools program works in conjunction with physical education departments, faculty and staff at some of the elementary schools in the metro area and two elementary schools in Seminole Oklahoma in conjunction with INTEGRIS Seminole Medical Center. Our goal is to educate the students about the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity which will prepare them to make choices that will improve their lives.
With the use of incentives, objectives are reached consistently and at a rapid pace. A walking program that rewards the top two students with bicycles at the end of the school year is one of the incentives that have been readily accepted by the students. Another example is “cool cash”. Students are awarded “cool cash” for participation in activities that promote a healthy mind and body. The “cool cash” is then redeemed for items the students can purchase from the “cool cash cart”.
The program is currently in place at Western Village Academy, and Ridgeview Elementary in Oklahoma City and at Woodrow Wilson Elementary and Northridge Elementary in Seminole Oklahoma.
- The Oklahoman’s Wendy Kleinman reports new Oklahoma City Superintendent
Karl Springer signed on Monday to join the district under a one-year
contract at his request, saying he wants to be subject to the same treatment
and evaluation as teachers. Springer, a former teacher, has been the
superintendent of Mustang Public Schools since 1999, and has been working in
Oklahoma schools since 1977.
- The Oklahoma City NBA franchise opened its summer league season yesterday
in Orlando, losing to Indiana but sporting black jerseys with Oklahoma City
on the front. The Oklahoman left voice mail with Seattle judge Marsha
Pechman about how she would have ruled before the settlement was reached
last week. Monday she delivered a response through a law clerk. “She is not
going to reveal how she would have ruled,” the law clerk said.
- A cold front moved slowly overnight, bringing a chance of rain today and
Wednesday in most of Oklahoma. Today in OKC: Partly cloudy. Highs in the
lower 90s. Southerly winds 10 to 15 mph. Twenty percent chance of
thunderstorms. That increases to a 50 percent chance of storms tonight.
Teacher abuse at an OKC school? A little girl burned in her race car. One Shining Moment in basketball. 3 Things You Should Know today.
First, North Highland teachers’ words are worrying some metro parents. The Oklahoman’s Wendy Kleinman reports parents Louis and Kesha Bell say they’ve been talking to officials at North Highland Math and Science Academy and Oklahoma City district administrators to no avail since December about verbal abuse of children. The couple appealed again to school board members at last night’s meeting. The district is investigating. The parents sent audio recorders with their children to the school. Wendy Kleinman spent hours this weekend going over those tapes. You can learn more in Wendy’s story and in Tanner Herriott’s video on NewsOK.
This story is simply terrible. I covered State Fair Speedway for The Oklahoman for two years. The racing community I’m sure sends its best this week to Harli White. The 12 year old’s sprint car burst into flames on the fourth turn of the I-44 Speedway at SW 149 Street on Saturday. She was trapped inside in her first race. She remains hospitalized at Shriners’ Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas, recovering from one of many surgeries she will have to undergo in the next few weeks. Again, our best wishes go out to the White family.
For those basketball fans who enjoy CBS’s tournament ending package called One Shining Moment, well you probably missed it last night in the OKC viewing area due to storm coverage. However, we have provided a link to Luther Vandross. Kansas beat Memphis in overtime to win the NCAA basketball tournament.
John Porter, OKC’s suspended with pay School Superintendent, held a brief and quickly put together press conference tonight at 6. Local media gathered in mass at the Waterford Marriott.
We caught word barely more than a hour half and scrambled a crew. Thanks to reporter, photographer, online and video cooperation, we put together a quick wrap of what Porter said. We used audio from a reporter who covered Porter’s speech. Photographs in the video to support the audio. And I taped a quick standup from the vacated press room.
Here’s the deal, it made for a long day. I spent four hours laying down a score for The Children’s Center corporate video OPUBCO Communications is doing. John Waterman did an excellent job with a compelling video. I added some piano beneath it.
Then the Porter presser.
Then sand. Angi and I covered the Hot Winter Nights tour, opening at the Ford Center tonight. Kyle Roberts was eating it up. Good looking people having fun. And the volleyball players were some of the cooler athletes I’ve interviewed. They geniunely seemed to be having fun.
Of course they did have sand between their toes. In January.