Tracking Fitness

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM EDT

Kenmore, N.Y. (WKBW) - Elementary school student is the Kenton School District are getting in shape one step at a time.

"The pedometer will attach on their waste band and K through four will wear them for four days," Physical Education Teacher Heather Ratka said

The older students will wear them a bit longer, tracking their physical activity.

"We actually received a Carol M. White Pep Grant, which stands for Physical Education Program grant. The purpose of it is to provide more opportunities for kids in physical activity," Ratka said.

Ratka said in school, they are learning how to play things like hockey, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. They could then use these skills to have fun and stay active even when they leave class.

"This ties in with the Town of Tonawanda recreation department so they will have the same opportunities to do this in the community. One of the things this grant is allowing us to do is put in a Frisbee golf course at Lincoln Park," Ratka said.

Ratka hope the children then take what they learn home to their families. Student Ellie Simmons said she is excited about the entire program.

"I think it's going to be fun because I'm going to ask my sisters if they want to go outside and play sports with me," Simmons said.

This program, which is federally funded, teaches and encourages students about how to stay healthy at a young age.

"They will develop healthy habits now, making it a regular part of their lives. They will integrate it into their every day activities instead of having to work up motivation as they get older," Ratka said.

The program is all fun and games for the kids but it does lead to better overall health.