SCHS earns fitness grant

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Shelby County High School has won a $3,000 grant from the National Football League and National Dairy Council to promote physical fitness and healthy eating.

Christina Olsson, the youth services center coordinator, applied for the grant, which provides $2,000 for nutrition and $1,000 for fitness. She is coordinating plans to help students sample healthier foods and to acquire new exercise equipment.

Wright Elementary had won a similar grant, and SCHS Assistant Principal Henry Robbins, who had worked on that bid while at Wright, helped with the application.

“This will be a great thing for the kids as they discover that a healthy lifestyle can be fun and delicious!” Evell Coomer, district food services coordinator, said in a statement released by the school district.

A series of tasting events will take place for the eighth-graders. Working with the SCHS culinary arts students, Olsson will have tasting bars for yogurt, fruit smoothies and a rainbow fruit assortment. Recipes will be given out so smoothies can be made at home.

She also is working to obtain an exercise bike, rowing machine and Wii equipment for eighth- and ninth-graders to use. Olsson hopes the students can have those areas as an option to volleyball and basketball during PE classes, and eighth-graders could use the items during early-morning arrival time.