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Prince George’s BOE plans health and fitness walk

Members of the Prince George’s County Board of Education are calling it “The Boardwalk.”

But students, parents and staff are invited to join them.

The school board is sponsoring a health and fitness walk on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tucker Road Athletic Complex in Fort Washington.

“The impetus is to promote health and wellness for our school system,” said Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 16 percent of students in grades nine to 12 in Maryland are overweight. Twelve percent are considered obese.

Adults in Maryland fare much worse.

About 65 percent of adults are overweight and 27 percent are obese, according to the latest data from the CDC.

Pugh said Angela M. Wakhweya, the district’s new chief of health policy, services and innovation, is coordinating services between the nursing staff, the district’s four wellness centers and the county health department, and is working on a comprehensive approach to nutrition and physical education.

In recent years, schools across the county have tried to place a greater focus on health and wellness.

For example, Buck Lodge Middle School added enrichment courses that offered physical activity, including yoga, Zumba, soccer, and running clubs, and teachers and other staff members at Arrowhead Elementary School drink vegetable and fruit smoothies each day.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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