By: Mauricio Belloc
Alexis Carrillo, a third grader from Farias Elementary, contrary to other children in Laredo, she starts off her mornings with 30 minutes of vigorous supervised exercises.
She walks and she jogs, always followed by her sports instructor, and she also practices fun physical games.
Anyone can see Alexis and her other 325 classmates lifting their arms and stretching their legs every morning from Monday through Friday at the neighborhood's elementary.
This is part of the health and wellbeing initiative of LISD, which has also incorporated the help of health and exercise groups from the city and the city government.
"The purpose of this summer camp is to provide the students with an additional opportunity to get fit, besides the physical education classes they receive throughout the year," Cordy Rodrigues, the health specialist coordinator at LISD, explained.
42% ARE OVERWEIGHT
The school district authority estimated that 41.9% of the students are overweight or obese.
"We believe it is of vital importance to make the efforts so that the families can adopt new and healthier eating habits, because it is at home where they children should start, and it is the most important point to combat obesity and overweight in infants," the specialist added.
During the 15 days the camp will last, 400 children from elementary will learn how to exercise, and they will also learn about food and good eating habits so they can practice them with their parents at home.
Alexis Carrillo mentioned that she will join the camp because she loves to be active, especially during the summer vacations.