Grass Valley schools take first million steps toward good health |

Grass Valley schools take first million steps toward good health

Every step counts for Grass Valley School District employees, who started Friday’s staff development day with a presentation on healthy eating and a million-step challenge.

A $3,500 grant from Auburn-based Schools Insurance Group supplied pedometers for about 200 teachers and other employees, who are trying to log 1 million steps by April 11. If everyone participates, the workload will only be about 21⁄2 miles per person.

“It’s just a really positive thing to motivate teachers,” said Superintendent Jon Byerrum. “For the insurance company, it makes sense for them to have a healthy staff.”

While teachers finished a protein-rich snack of string cheese, hard-boiled eggs and mandarin oranges, local fitness instructor and gym owner Mike Carville gave a 30-minute talk on the consequences of fatty and processed foods.

Teachers are key in fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity and urging children to adopt an active lifestyle, he said.

“You’ve got to integrate a physical culture,” Carville told teachers. “I don’t think there’s any other entity that can do that.”

The fitness challenge was a product of a wellness committee the district formed, Byerrum said.

“Our main thing is that the committee wanted to do something for the staff,” he said.

The hope is that an active staff will eventually lead to an active student population, Byerrum said.

“We’ve been working with child obesity for a long time,” Byerrum said. “This is just a shot in the arm.”

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