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Chatham Schools Promote Physical Activity

Chatham County schools are trying to get kids to be more active through 'Eat Smart Move More' grants. The goal of the project is to encourage schools and teachers to integrate physical activity into the curriculum no matter what the discipline. Holly Coleman is with the Chatham County Health Department:

Holly Coleman: Some of the schools are looking at walking trails, additional b-ball courts, rock wall climbing. We want to encourage young people to be physically active, because these are habits they can take through a life of being healthy.

Coleman says a survey of students found that in an average 8-hour day, they were sedentary for more than half the day, and engaged in moderate activities for only 23 minutes.

Fed up with the frigid winters of her native state, Catherine was lured to North Carolina in 2006. She grew up in Wisconsin where she spent much of her time making music and telling stories. Prior to joining WUNC, Catherine hosted All Things Considered and classical music at Wisconsin Public Radio. She got her start hosting late-nights and producing current events talk shows for the station's Ideas Network. She later became a fill-in talk show host and recorded books for WPR's popular daily program, Chapter A Day.
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