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DL Schools receive state fitness grant

Local elementary students are hitting the streets of Detroit Lakes, "actively" searching for a place to stay healthy.

The physical education departments of both Rossman and Roosevelt received a grant for $5,000 from SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program), a state-run program designed to help fight childhood obesity.

Roosevelt Physical Education Teacher Kris Nelson said the school and the city formed committees a couple of years ago to address this issue, and applying for the grant was one action taken.

Schools receiving the grant include Detroit Lakes, Perham, Breckenridge and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Nelson said they will use the money to bring each grade on a field trip to a place within the community where they can be physically active.

"Our plan is to show these kids where they can go to exercise or be active, so that maybe they will then urge their parents to take them there on a regular basis."

Kindergarteners are taking a trip over to the gymnastics facility; first graders will go to the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center; second graders are going bowling; third graders are going skating at the ice arena; fourth grade girls will try out the gymnastics facility, while the boys visit the wrestling facility; and fifth graders will spend the entire day at MapleLag sledding and skating.

"At school we try to give them nutritious food and snacks, and most grades have phy-ed every day. This is our way of trying to help them form healthy habits outside of school," Nelson said.

Even though this is a one-time grant, the schools hope to continue these fieldtrips in the following years through service projects or donations.