A friendly competition helped bring a "Fresh Start" for students in the region recently.
"We're starting this program to try and instill in those students early in their lives that health and good fitness and good choices as far as food goes is really important," said Alyson Thompson.
Students at Minnie Cline Elementary School got a little extra incentive to practice those habits through Subway's Fresh Start challenge. They logged their activity, food intake and water consumption for six weeks.
"Some kids took it to heart," said Troy Dunn, principal. "They exhibited good habits and then sent off their records to find out that we had the winner."
Serenaty Fansher won the competition.
"It makes me feel really good because now the school can have money for gym equipment and stuff and I can go to Subway," she said.
Subway gave Fansher a $250 gift card and her school was awarded as well.
"That made us the grand prize winning school of $1,000 for P.E. or playground equipment to meet the physical fitness needs of our school," added Dunn.
With childhood obesity on the rise, learning about a healthy lifestyle at an early age is even more important.
"We just feel like if we get them the physical activity that they need, they will be able to perform well for us behaviorally and also academically," said Dunn.
The Fresh Start Challenge began in early March and wrapped up in mid-April. The winning participants were selected through a random drawing.
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