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.