Health and Family Services Cabinet
Mayfield Middle Named Winners of Kentucky Kids Move It
Program Encourages Physical Activity, Diabetes Prevention
The Kentucky Diabetes Network (KDN) today announced that Mayfield Middle School is the winner of the statewide “Kentucky Kids Move It!” competition, earning the school $1,000 for students’ dedication to physical activity and leading healthy lifestyles.
The money is given to the school’s wellness committee to promote a healthy environment. The announcement was made at the Western Kentucky middle school during an event that also included a healthy eating presentation by the Purchase District Health Department.
“Diabetes has become an epidemic in our society. More and more, health care providers are diagnosing children and teens with type 2 diabetes, a disease usually seen in people older than 40,” said William Hacker, M.D., Health and Family Services’ acting health undersecretary and public health commissioner. “Programs like ‘Kentucky Kids Move It’ are just what we need to educate our young people about living a healthy lifestyle and preventing diabetes.”
The contest, which ran throughout the 2006-07 school year, was created to help curb the rate of diabetes among young people. All Kentucky schools were invited to participate.
To increase participation in the contest, KDN sent an invitation to all schools in Kentucky asking students to track their physical activity. Schools could log students’ activity in books provided by KDN or choose their own method.
“Often diabetes can be prevented with good nutrition and regular physical activity,” said Amy Campbell, a diabetes educator with the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and a KDN. “We’re looking for schools, like Mayfield Middle, where students are showing a commitment to their personal well-being. They can help us spread our message about living well and preventing diabetes.”
KDN, Inc., is a statewide partnership of Kentucky organizations, associations and individuals who have a professional or personal connection with diabetes. Many health educators and health care providers from local health departments and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are KDN members.