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Parents should get Movin' on program
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Monroe school children have some Olympic-sized motivation to get fit.Wisconsin Olympians Suzy Favor Hamilton and Casey FitzRandolph visited Monroe Middle and Parkside Elementary schools yesterday to kick off the Movin' and Munchin' program, a statewide initiative designed to promote healthy eating and fitness in children, families and school staff. A $35,000 grant from Monroe Clinic is helping bring the program to Monroe public schools as well as St. Victor School.Throughout the program, students will earn "miles," or points, based on physical activity - whether it's participating in an organized sporting event, mowing the lawn or playing kick the can with neighborhood friends. The program takes getting fit a step further by rewarding good nutrition as well: Students can earn points for choosing a fruit or vegetable snack or including three servings of low-fat dairy per day, for example.School children will tally their points earned throughout the program, with a chance to win prizes such as a day pass to the Monroe pool or Green County Family YMCA - rewarding healthy choices with the opportunity to continue an active lifestyle.The program's list of point-worthy choices also serves as an eye-opener for adults.