March 4, 2009
Ketron presents Lincoln High School with statewide award
for improving health of students
(NASHVILLE, TN), March 4, 2009 — Lincoln County High School has received “highest honors” for outstanding achievement by a Tennessee high school in implementation of the state’s new law calling for physical education in schools. The “2009 High School Exemplary Award for Physical Activity” was presented to school officials by State Senator Bill Ketron at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee yesterday at the State Capitol in Nashville.
The award is sponsored by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Heart Association. Honors were presented to three schools in the categories of elementary, junior high and high school. E.O. Coffman Middle School in Lawrence County received the award for excellence in a junior high school, while North Stewart Elementary School in Stewart County was awarded the honor for elementary schools.
“As sponsor of the legislation to provide more physical education in our schools, I am particularly pleased that the recipient of this award is from our legislative district,” said Senator Ketron. “I congratulate Dr. Shelton, our Director of Schools, Principal Jim Stewart, P.E. teacher Carman Smith, Student Body President Natalie Sessoms other staff and the students at Lincoln High for their innovative method to improve their health through physical activity.”
Lincoln County implemented the increased physical education requirements by adopting an 18-minute walking block each morning and through the creation of the “Frosty Falcon” physical activity club. Stewart told lawmakers the program has worked to get both students and staff to increase their level of physical activity during the school week, creating camaraderie while providing needed exercise.
Tennessee is 47th in the nation in overall healthy living for children. The state is 3rd in the nation in obesity. The state also is in the top three in the nation for diabetes, stroke and heart-related conditions.
“We must turn the tide on Tennessee’s disturbing health status to help future generations make healthy choices,” added Ketron. “It is important not only to prevent life-threatening illnesses to improve the health of individuals, but also for the economic health of the state due to rising health care costs.”
“Research shows that healthy children means overall improved student performance,” added Ketron. “I am very proud of these award winners and look forward to continuing to see innovative solutions from our schools that will lead to a healthier and more productive future for all Tennessee children.”
Ketron and Student Body President Natalie Sessoms listen as Lincoln County High
School Principal Jim Stewart speaks to the Senate Education Committee about the
school’s award-winning physical activity program.