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Elementary and Middle school children climbed, stretched, kicked, ran, dribbled, jump roped and pedaled their way through Let’s Move Day in Lenoir City, an event focused on helping them get active in many different ways.

Part of the national Let’s Move initiative promoted by Michelle Obama and the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Lenoir City Adventist Church coordinated the event, which was also sponsored by the local hospital, Fort Loudoun Medical Center, and two local credit unions. The event featured 17 activity stations along .8 mile of city greenway. Children received free backpacks, frisbees and a medal for completing the events—they were also put into a drawing for free bicycles and a pool party.

Nearly 40 percent of Lenoir City Elementary School students are overweight or obese, offering an opportunity for the church to introduce a healthier way of life to the community in an appealing way, said Nancy Wheeler, health leader for the Lenoir City Adventist Church.

“It was a fun, fun day,” said Wheeler. “We enjoyed getting to interact with our community and show the children how fun it is to be active. We are praying for continued opportunities to build on this success—and we’re already talking about doing the event again next year!”

Stations featured different types of exercises as well as gardening, a fitness and medical check and a “make your own trail mix” stand. The stations were coordinated by organizations ranging from the University of Tennessee—which supplied a climbing wall, bike-powered smoothie maker and two college basketball players—to local businesses such as The Rush, Earth Fare, Curves and a TaeKwonDo instructor. Other participants included the Lenoir City school system and fire department, Southern Adventist University’s Gym Masters and Georgia Cumberland Health Ministries Director E.W. Dempsey.

About 30 volunteers operated the activities, and an additional 50 volunteers, both from the church and the local high school, helped with various other functions of the event.

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