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NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2013
Letter from the Director

Gary Hall, 1976 USA flagbearer

The World Fit Walk 2013 was a huge success! 31,324 students from 80 schools across America and the Cayman Islands logged in a total of 1,867,478 miles over the six weeks of the Walk.

Congratulations to Beaumont Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky and Cary Middle School in Dallas, Texas, for winning the National Championship for large and small schools respectively. Seven schools this year achieved gold medal status by averaging over 3 miles per student per day during the entire 40 days.

Finally I want to thank the 62 Olympians, Paralympians and National Team members that spoke to the students and helped inspire them to such great accomplishments. It is truly our amazing Olympic role models that make World Fit so special. We are so grateful to all of you!

Yours in health,
Gary W. Hall, M.D.
Executive Director


School Leaders - Community Leaders - Champions - Students - Buddies


School Leaders

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the fact that exercise does more than make us stronger and healthier. It also enables our brains to work better. Such was the case for one of our leading schools in the World Fit Walk. Since beginning the World Fit program two years ago, this middle school students’ scores on state academic tests have improved markedly, and the Principal attributes much of that improvement to the Walk. The students at that school, nearly all of minority race, take the Walk very seriously and as a result of their success, have improved their self-esteem.

There are so many benefits to the World Fit Walk! Healthier bodies and better minds are just two of them.

Community Leaders

The World Fit Coordinators and the Community Volunteer leaders that serve each school are the glue that keep the World Fit Walk together. Without our Coordinators and Community leaders going into the schools and helping solve the unique challenges and hurdles that they face in implementing the Walk, we would not have so much success.

This summer we would like to thank the five volunteer World Fit Coordinators from Baptist Health System’s Mariner’s Hospital. Each Coordinator took one of the five schools in the upper Florida Keys and helped the school through the Walk. The group was committed, dedicated and tireless in its effort to see the World Fit Walk become a huge success in the Keys.

Champions

Thanks go to all 62 Olympians and Paralympians that inspired our 31,324 World Fit students this year to live a healthier lifestyle. We receive testimonial after testimonial from schools around the country about the positive impact that these athletes have on the students.
In particular, we want to thank Janine Bowman, an Olympian from Dallas, Texas, that took over the role of World Fit Coordinator for Pat Sapp, our Paralympian that normally serves that role. Due to some family health issues, Pat was unable to act as Coordinator, so Janine stepped in and did an incredible job. Greater Dallas has quickly become one of the most successful World Fit communities in America. Congratulations, Janine, for your tremendous work!

Students

World Fit takes great pride in welcoming all elementary and middle schools that want to participate in the Walk. This year, for the first time, we had an organization of home-schooled children, called HEAR, in Dallas Texas, join the World Fit Walk.
Although there were only 44 students in this organization, collectively they averaged 5.3 miles per student per day during the 6 week Walk and placed second nationally in the small school division. Each weekend the students and their parents would meet at a local park and have a community walk together. World Fit gave this group of home-schooled children and their families the opportunity to meet and socialize every week. Next year we hope to have many more home school organizations join the World Fit Walk, along with our public, private and charter schools.

Buddies

2013 was the first year for World Fit to test the concept of having Buddy Teams. All of our World Fit Partners were invited to form a corporate or organizational team to help inspire the employees and staff members to exercise and donate miles to their favorite World Fit school. 29 World Fit Buddy Teams, including Corporations, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, and Rotary Clubs, assembled to compete for the title of the fittest.

Congratulations to United Healthcare of Arizona for winning the 2013 Buddy Team championship! 82 United Healthcare employees logged in 5,098 miles and donated an average of 31.1 miles per employee to the local Arizona World Fit Schools.

World Fit Buddy Teams are a great way to get the entire community fitter in the World Fit Walk. Become a World Fit Community Partner and start assembling your Buddy Team today. You can log and track your miles all year long on our website and compete in spring in the World Fit Walk.


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