Jan. 2013 Column

Educating the whole child is important.

In addition to teaching the basics, HMS has obtained funding in the millions in order to provide instruction for each child in the fine arts as well as physical education. And we recently modified our sex education curriculum to address high teen pregnancy rates.  Although academics receive the yeoman’s ink when it comes to learning, we understand that students need to be exposed to various disciplines to give them a comprehensive education. As a result, when students graduate from Hobbs Municipal Schools, they are equipped with a well-rounded education.

On a related note, I have spent this week visiting every Hobbs elementary school to discuss with third-grade students a challenge from Gov. Susanna Martinez.  The “5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Challenge” encourages third-grade students to think about lifestyle choices when it comes to their eating habits and physical activity. Throughout the challenge, students are encouraged to eat five fruits and vegetables each day, watch TV or use the computer two or less hours, engage in one hour of physical activity and increase their water intake - H2O - daily. The challenge begins Monday, Feb. 4, and continues for 21 consecutive days. Your kids should be bringing home a fitness log this week. After parents verify their child’s involvement, students who complete the program will receive medals and other recognition. The challenge begins Monday, Feb. 4, and continues for 21 consecutive days.

As I’ve explained to the children, there is no need for parents to make special food purchases at the grocery store. The children can attain their goals by eating healthy meals provided by the school cafeteria.  Also, bottled water does not need to be purchased. Tap water is a great source of hydration.

The challenge lasts 21 days because research indicates doing anything for three weeks straight can create a habit.  HMS is targeting third graders because they are old enough to understand about healthy living and young enough to create positive habits in their lives. Personally, I believe physical fitness is as important as exercising the mind. A healthy mind and healthy body can lead to a long and happy life.

While our teachers do an amazing job of exercising student minds and providing a well-rounded education, the Kids Healthy 5-2-1-0 Challenge empowers third grade students to nourish and exercise their bodies. The combination can benefit them physically and mentally for the rest of their lives. 

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