UNK teaching children the importance of regular exercise The UNK helps kids learn the importance of exercise KSNB

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) UNK hosted over 600 fourth graders from various schools throughout central Nebraska. The event was for Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition Day.

The children learned about healthy eating in the sports and health center and then it was going into Cope Stadium for some fun.

There were several spots on the football field , where youngsters could exercise and play a variety of games. The people who helped out at those stations were many UNK students who were volunteers, and they all know the pleasures that come from the day of laughter.

“I went to school in the elementary grades in Meadowlark Elementary so I remember being here in fourth grade. That was what you looked for throughout the year long,” UNK exercise science student Claire Vanderbeek said. “We have a wide diverse kids here and they’re from different families. Some kids are involved in sports while they’re not, and that’s okay, but it’s a lot of fun to to show all youngsters how simple and enjoyable exercise can be.”

The event’s organizer Kate Heelan said the volunteers will be able to use the techniques they have learned in real-world situations.

“We can show students in the classroom how to organize your classroom when you introduce a new idea however, then you must put them in a small group of children that they need to be able to speak that and speak about the topic and lead them through it , and also have some faith in the work they’re doing,” Heelan said. “It’s an absolute joy to see our UNK students break out of their shells. We do not get the same joy in the classrooms which we see here.”

Alongside the physical exercises on the field of football There were also indoor section where students could study nutrition.