BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One hundred of the Louisiana's most physically fit kids were in Baton Rouge on Saturday. It was the 20th Annual Statewide Elementary Fitness Championship. Parents with kids in the competition say more kids across the state should be involved in programs like this.
The six hundred yard dash is just one of seven events Louisiana's most fit kids compete in each spring. At the annual statewide elementary fitness championship---also known as the Governor's Games.
"It's not only important to me, it's important to everyone around the state because we do have a childhood obesity. This particular program is not a cure-all, but it's just one step in keeping kids interested and motivated to want to exercise," said Rudy Macklin, Director of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.
While some parents enjoy seeing their kids compete in the games each year, they are even happier to know their kids are learning to live an active life because of this program.
"It's just important for their health and for what they do," said Rebecca Evans whose daughter competes in the Fitness Championship. "So we enjoy it, and she enjoys being outside and playing."
Macklin says right now Louisiana is the only state with a fitness program of this size, but he's working to create a national fitness challenge. He says it would promote healthy and active living among kids across the country and allow the most fit children to go head to head national Olympic-style competition. In the meantime, Macklin is challenging school administrators to do their part in saving physical education curriculums.
"What I want to put out there is, all superintendents listen up! Allow your school to have certified PE teachers, so we can keep this going. The kids love it, the parents love it. Please protect your PE teachers and allow this to go on," said Macklin.
We're told East Baton Rouge Parish won its third consecutive state fitness championship and Jaden Jackson and Shania Anthony were crowned Mr. and Miss Fitness 2013.