By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Hundreds of children at Corinth Elementary School are headed toward a healthier, more physically active lifestyle with Project Fit America.
Assembled around equipment provided through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi that coincides with the Project Fit curriculum, the students on Friday helped cut the ribbon and celebrate the new exercise stations.
A ribbon cutting also was held Friday for a second set of equipment at Corinth Middle School.
A group of students directed by physical education teacher Patricia Barr demonstrated the use of each station including pull-ups, vault bar, ladder, sit-ups, hula hoops and more. Marguerite Little, winner of the school’s healthy essay contest, read her poem that guides other students to make healthier choices.
Among the special guests was Sen. Eric Powell, who said members of the state Legislature are trying to set a better example of staying physically fit for a lifetime.
“With the help of Blue Cross and Blue Shield we in the state Legislature have been participating in exercises at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. every morning in January through April when the Legislature is in session,” Powell said. “In two years, members of the Legislature have lost 4,444 pounds.”
Mayor Tommy Irwin, too, had a message.
“When I was growing up we biked or walked everywhere we went, but things have changed,” Irwin said. Now everyone must make the extra effort to find ways to include exercise in their schedules.
Corinth native and marathon runner Kenneth Williams, well past his 65th birthday, told the children that beginning an active lifestyle early will keep them strong and healthy into their later years.
He also brought a drawing by popular artist Chig Biggers that encourages children to exercise.
“Chig Biggers was once a teacher at Corinth Elementary School and he created this poster 48 years ago,” Williams said. “That’s how long Corinth Elementary has been interested in the health of its students.”