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Byron-Bergen School crowned winner of GCC's 'Play to Get Fit Challenge'

Press release:

The Health and Physical Education department at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce that Byron-Bergen Elementary School has been crowned the winner of the 2012 "Play to Get Fit Challenge."

The Genesee Play to Get Fit Program was created for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) region to show how many minutes they spend active outside of school. Children kept track of the time they spent in physically active play when they were not in school through a specially designed "Play to Get Fit" calendar log. Walking, biking, running, skating, swimming, playing a sport, playing tag, playing on a swing set and other active, creative games were all eligible for active "credit."

However, video fitness games such as Wii Fit and Wii Sports were not eligible.

Byron-Bergen Elementary won with an average total of 2,778.95 minutes spent active outside of school. Principal Brian Meister was presented with a plaque by Becky Dziekan, GCC's director of Health and Physical Education and the students at Byron-Bergen were rewarded with a pizza party.

Genesee Community College prioritizes sports and recreation programs as an area of study. Transfer Degree Programs (A.S.) include Physical Education Studies and Sport Management Studies. Career Degree Programs (A.A.S.) include Fitness and Recreation Management, which offers a new Golf Management Concentration to help turn your passion for golf into a career.

"We firmly believe that good healthy living starts in primary school and at the earliest ages and we hope to encourage people having active, fulfilling lives," Professor Dziekan said. "This was our first Play to Get Fit initiative, but we strongly hope it will not be our last. We congratulate Byron-Bergen for this accomplishment and to all the participating students in the GLOW area for their effort and recognition of the value of being physically active."

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