MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The children at West Marion Elementary School have some new ways to improve their physical health, thanks to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation and the Project Fit America organization.
A gr ant for more than $26,000 to the school has purchased some outdoor fitness equipment.
On Tuesday, school officials and representatives of Blue Cross/Blue Shield gathered to cut a ribbon for the new fitness area.
It includes seven stations to improve muscle tone and cardiovascular health.
West Marion was among 20 schools across the state that received new gr ants.
"It also includes indoor equipment, the weighted hula hoops and some great nutrition lessons and activities," said Eugenia King, health and fitness coordinator for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi. "Research shows the more physically fit students are, the better they perform in the classroom."
"I like the pole climb (station) and stuff, because everything is challenging and it's fun and it's new," said Caitlyn Thornhill, a 5th grade student at the school.
"You can learn more on it, the step ladder is my favorite (station), said Paris Thompson, another 5th grader at the school.
Since 2005, 208 schools in the state have received similar gr ants from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.