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Stanislaus County's fitness campaign is winding down

After two successful years, the Stanislaus County Office of Education is wrapping up its Fit for the Future campaign with two year-end celebrations.

On Friday five schools that worked to get students active and healthy got a visit from the county Prize Troopers.

On Wednesday, about 2,000 students from throughout the county will be treated to a Modesto Nuts baseball game, where schools will be recognized and students will get more Fit for the Future prizes.

Stanislaus County students logged more than 1.3 million active days as part of the governor's fitness challenge — representing 18 percent of the state's total and putting Stanislaus County in the lead in California. The challenge requires students to be active 30 to 60 minutes a day for three days a week over a 28-day period.

Last year, the county Office of Education, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, kicked off the campaign in an effort to reduce childhood obesity and increase students' fitness.

In addition to encouraging students to participate, this year Kaiser physicians visited schools throughout the county to discuss important health topics. Also new this year, funding was available to schools to buy garden equipment and supplies.

Schools that received visits from the Prize Troopers recorded a 95 percent to 100 percent completion rate in the governor's challenge and submitted an essay.

Those schools were Osborn Elementary in Turlock, Denair Middle School, Rose Avenue Elementary in Modesto, University Charter School in Modesto and Hart-Ransom Elementary's after-school program in Modesto.

County schools that participated in the yearlong campaign are eligible for a $100,000 fitness gym.

To learn more about the Fit for the Future campaign and the Governor's Challenge, go to www.stancoe.org/fitforthefuture.

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