Date: 4/12/2007

Ridge View Elementary wins Community Hospital Fitness Pointe Take 5 for Life program competition, school to be honored at pizza party

MUNSTER — Ridge View Elementary School in Hobart won Community Hospital Fitness Pointe’s Take 5 for Life program competition for the second consecutive year edging out nine other elementary schools. The students will be recognized and presented T-shirts at a pizza party for them at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 in the school cafeteria.

Take 5 for Life is a 12-week, in-school pedometer-based walking competition with weekly fitness/nutrition curriculum aligned with State of Indiana education standards. The five components of the Take 5 program are to eat healthy; be active; manage your mind (abstain from drugs, alcohol and tobacco); be well-rested and feel good about yourself.

Ridge View school walked an average of 23,609 steps per student. The second place school had 19,158 students. Other competing elementary schools were: Joan Martin, George Earle and Liberty in Hobart; Morton and St. John Bosco in Hammond; Longfellow, Grissom and Hosford Park in Gary; and Nathan Hale in Whiting.

The Take 5 for Life program has reached more than 2,000 students in East Chicago, Hobart, Hammond, Whiting and Lake Ridge.

This interactive program has many components, some of which include pre/post data collection (height, body mass, lean mass, blood pressure, etc.), healthy snacking, guest speakers, in-class fitness routines led by certified personal trainers, as well as daily pedometer walking. In addition, Take 5 for Life extends to the families through parent forums and distribution of family fitness and nutrition educational materials. The program concludes with a school assembly program presenting a Take 5 for Life banner to school administration and faculty and each student receiving an honorary medal and a healthy treat.

Take 5 for Life has been supported with funding of more than $150,000 from The Foundations of East Chicago, Inc. and $70,000 from: Indiana State Department of Education; General Mills; Mittal Steel Co.; United Way of Porter, Lake and LaPorte Counties; City of Whiting; Health Visions Midwest; School City of Hobart; Community Hospital; and St. Mary Medical Center.