HOLLADAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - There is no arguing America's kids just are not moving enough! Childhood obesity is on the rise and at the same time, new evidence showing a connection between physical activity and academic success. One Holladay elementary school is running to make sure they are fit for the future.
It may just look like a simple a lap around this field, but for the kids at Crestview Elementary School their Jolly Jog is the favorite part of the day.
Second Grader Spencer Goldsberry said, "We can just run and have some fun."
Second Grader Ashley Marritt said, "I like racing people around the field."
Most of the students run every day earning punches in their cards.
Spencer said, "We run and then we go to our teacher and she punches them."
Their daily jog, making a difference for their future.
Crestview Principal Verneita Hunt said the running is more than just exercise, "It helps the blood pumping, their academics are much better."
For Tuesday's Jolly Jog there were a few visitors, Olympians showed off their medals and talked how important it is to exercise.
Paralympiam Chris Waddell was paralyzed in a skiing accident in 1988 and then became the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history.
Waddell said, "It is great to see so many fit kids and a commitment to something that is a life long pursuit."
He was impressed with what he saw today and encouraged for the future.
A for the Crestview Students, they hope their running can teach other schools and kids.