In conjunction with Mercy's Hoopin’ to Healthify event on May 16th, nearly 500 Bourbon County children from Winfield Scott and West Bourbon Elementary did the Healthification Hula.
According to a 2007 study by the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), 16.9 percent of children ages 10-17 are obese. The trend of sedentary life choices has created a health crisis.
“It’s important that children are given opportunities to be active outside of school gym class or athletics,” said Mary Wynn, RN, Mercy’s employee health and infection control specialist. “Hula hoops are an inexpensive exercise tools that can be used in variety of ways.”
Winfield Scott hosted their annual "Olympic Challenge Day" with the theme "Operation Cooperation.” Students took part in being physically active at a variety of stations. One station was called "Hula Hoop Healthification” where Mercy donated 40 plus hoops for the kids to be active.
Students from West Bourbon Elementary incorporated hula hoops in five different stations ranging from hula hoop hopscotch to super-size ring toss. Student groups rotated to each station so every student was able to test first-hand the versatility of a hula hoop.
"It is good to make a connection between the schools and health care providers to help keep our children healthy,” said Chris Sather, Physical Education Teacher at Fort Scott’s Winfield Scott Elementary. “Like the now famous quote, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ by partnering with other organizations, children have greater access to healthy choices.”