April 19, 2014
SPARKS, NV - Up to 600 people jogged, walked and ran in Wooster High’s Phys Ed 5K Thursday at Sparks Marina. This is the 4th year of the annual event, which puts the focus on fun when it comes to fitness. “I think a lot of times kids get afraid to run a mile, because they're afraid that someone is going to time them or watch them or whatever and they don't do it for themselves,” says gym teacher Trina Olsen. “So we teach them to be consistent and eat healthy and give them the tools that they need to make informed decisions.”
Olsen also organized a "Biggest Loser Club" at Wooster for students, staff, and others who are interested in not just losing weight, but developing healthier habits. She says so far, some students have lost up to 50 pounds through behavior changes. It's currently estimated that 17 percent of American teens are obese.