Jefferson Receives $20,000 for participation in “Walking and Wellness”

December 12, 2016 – Jefferson Elementary School was awarded a check for $20,000 for their participation in the school-based “Walking and Wellness” program.  The program was implemented by Kern Health Systems (KHS) in an effort to improve daily exercise and positive eating habits.

Jefferson students participated by wearing pedometers to keep track of how many miles they walked.  The students were encouraged to set goals and were rewarded when those goals were met.   By the end of the program, the students logged enough miles to walk to Australia and back eight times!

CEO of Kern Health Systems, Doug Hayward, said, “The students (at Jefferson) demonstrated strong commitment to the program.”  Principal Russell Gayer said, “I am so proud of my kids.  They gave 100% of themselves.  I am glad they get to see the results of their efforts.”

The money that Jefferson received will be put towards building a healthier community on campus, which may include new playground equipment, clean water stations or a running track.

Kern Health Systems CEO, Doug Hayward presents check to Jefferson students.

Kern Health Systems CEO, Doug Hayward, presents check to Jefferson students.

Principal Russell Gayer addresses students during assembly.

Principal Russell Gayer addresses students during assembly.

Jefferson students showing enthusiasm during check presentation.

Jefferson students showing enthusiasm during check presentation.

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