E.C.I.S.D. Implements New Mandated Health Program

By Michael Stafford
Newswest 9

If you want your children to be successful in the classroom, there's a lot more to it than just studying. 

On Thursday, the Ector County School District launched a new state mandated program that focuses on some very important tips on health and nutrition.

Coaches and P.E. teachers at Sam Houston Elementary in Odessa invited parents and their kids for a Family Fun Fitness program.  But it's not just a lot of fun and games.  The message is serious and this isn't optional.  The state this year mandated the health program in hopes of reversing a serious obesity trend in kids going on nationwide.

"My goal is to reach the parents to get this put into the family to change the lifestyle to be health to not only help the kids, but the parents as well," says E.C.I.S.D. Health Advocate Susan Nix. 

Amanda Campbell and her son Tyler were glad they attended and can easily see the benefits.

"It's good to do stuff with the kids.  I want to be involved.  It's a nice activity to do in the evening and it's really more about he and I spending time together.  It's a win, win situation," says teacher and mother Amanda Campbell.    

It's not just about exercising though.  The program also stresses the importance of healthy eating. On Thursday Night, they were serving peanut butter, raisins, vegetables and more. 

Officials say if you stick to that good diet, and do the necessary exercises both at school and home, it will more than likely translate into better grades and test scores.

"If you're eating better exercising, sleeping right, you're going to concentrate better.  Your body is going to work with you.  It's better all the way around, and better on test scores.  TAKS is coming up, yes sir" adds teacher Diana Rodriguez.