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Toombs Schools Win "SHAPE" Awards
Friday, 06 September 2013

September 6--  Two Toombs County schools are among 107 in Georgia recognized by Governor Nathan Deal for fighting childhood obesity.

The governor started what's called the "SHAPE" program last year and Lyons Primary School won first-year honors and this year is receiving a "Gold Award" for its efforts.

"We're trying to get that active mentality into the kids.  Playing outside, movement, not just sitting and watching TV and video games.  We're incorporating this in everything we do.  Nutritious lunch, nutritious breakfast and snacks, health empowers booklets, morning announcements, physical education, we're talking about it all day long and we hope we're making a difference," says Lyons Primary principal Sandra Floyd.

There are 650 pre-kindergartners, first graders and second graders at Lyons Primary and Mrs. Floyd says they try to keep them moving all day.

"Our physical education department is really working on this.  Coach Tatum and Coach Barton and our nurse, Shiela VanDyke, are really working hard.  We've increased all activity.  Our physical education is nothing but movement and we've increased movement in the classroom, too," she reports.

And then, there's diet.  "They get a fruit or vegetable around 9:45 every morning.  The lunchroom brings it around to the classroom and we're introducing them to good, healthy snacks.  We're trying to get them used to fruits and vegetables instead of reaching for the candy bars and Cokes." she says.

Lyons Primary is one of only 40 schools in the state to be on the Georgia Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.

Lyons Upper Elementary School is receiving the award for the first time.

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