Hatzic wins 60-minute challenge

Hatzic Elementary School was the national winner of the 60-Minute Kids Club Challenge.

This health and fitness competition challenges and motivates students to do an hour of physical activity a day for 60 days, with the goal of increasing awareness about fitness and eating right for children between the ages five to 13.

Hatzic bested 10 other schools in B.C. and Ontario to win the competition.

“We are so proud of the students of Hatzic for their dedication to the 60 Minute Kids Club,” says Carolynn Schmor, Hatzic principal. “The enthusiasm, passion and perseverance they displayed were inspiring not just to their teachers, but to their parents and families as well. It has been wonderful to watch their commitment to health and fitness grow over the last two months.”

Competing schools were ranked according to how many kids participated in the program and the total amount of student log-ins to the 60 Minute Kids Club website (www.60minkidsclub.com).

Each day, students were encouraged to log-on to the website and record information relating to their fitness and health achievements, including how many minutes of activity they completed, how much sleep they had gotten and how much water they had drank.

“The 60 Minute Kids Club was created to increase activity in children and provide an incentive for them to take ownership of their health and fitness,” says Matthew Young, program founder and owner of Innovative Fitness. “We want kids to enjoy exercising, sleeping and eating right. The hope is that kids and their parents walk away from the program with a new appreciation for health and fitness in their lives.”