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Aikman Joins United Way Recognizing Healthy Schools

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman.

    Troy Aikman was at Dallas' James Bowie Elementary School Wednesday morning, honoring campuses that have been recognized as "Healthy Zones" or those that are in training to be.

    Bowie is one of 12 North Texas schools being recognized and, along with Bonham and Dealey Montessori, are healthy schools in training.

    The Hall of Fame quarterback joined forces with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Cooper Institute to help fight childhood obesity. The collaborative health initiative offers training and financial assistance to schools to create healthier environments and recognizes schools that have already become healthy zones. The program, according to a news release, gives schools resources to improve the health of their communities.

    To kick off a healthy school year, Aikman was to speak of his passion for the program and present Healthy Zone School representatives with banners honoring their work to encourage lifelong healthy habits.

    Dr. Kenneth Cooper was also to speak, discussing ways students can achieve good health, stemming the dangerous epidemic of childhood obesity.

    It's not all talking however, which we know kids love. Students were also able to take part in fitness activities, including relay races, jump rope drills, an obstacle course, volleyball and soccer.

    Other area schools designated as Healthy Zone Schools In Training are: Caldwell and Malvern elementary schools, McKinney; Jackson and Rasor elementary schools, Plano; Anderson Elementary School, Frisco; and Arapaho Classical Magnet, Richardson.

    Three additional area elementary campuses designated as Healthy Zone Schools also will be recognized: Nell Burks, McKinney; Bethany, Plano; and Carlena Chandler, Allen.