Tallahassee, Fla.— April 25-29 is Every Kid HealthyTM Week and the Florida Department of Health in Walton County is promoting Healthy physical activities at Walton County elementary schools in DeFuniak Springs to promote and celebrate their school’s wellness achievements. This week, local health offices statewide are partnering with schools to host events related to nutrition, physical activity and learning. 

Holly Holt, Health officer, DOH Walton stated “we are pleased that all elementary schools in Walton county are participating in a Zumbathon during their Physical Education classes this week. “ “Unhealthy weight puts children at risk for a variety of health complications and chronic diseases. Evidence shows students who eat right and are physically active in school learn healthy lifelong habits and are better equipped to succeed academically”, stated Ms. Holt.

Launched nationally by Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance held in the last week of April that shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students. The observance also provides an opportunity for everyone in the country to get involved by supporting sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. 

The Department of Health in Walton County provided the Zumba DVD’s with several dances to choose from so they can be used the entire week.  All 7 elementary schools will be entered into a National Data Base and will be recognized for participation.