Over 95 percent of Valley View Elementary School’s fifth graders voluntarily arrived early on Thursday, Oct. 2. En masse the students filed into the gym in time to launch the sixth annual Exercise US program at 8 a.m. During the program’s 10 hours of participation, continuous physical movement, shared by thousands of students in many schools, breaks across the nation’s time zones like a wave of exercise."Exercising is important because you can stay fit and healthy," said Jade Hieger about why she volunteered to come in early and participate in Exercise US. The fifth grader’s perspective was echoed by the more than 50 students who attended the 8-8:15 a.m. launch. Founded by Len Saunders, an award-winning fitness author and Valley View’s Physical Education teacher, Exercise US engages students of all skill levels to participate in what Saunders refers to as "A giant relay race of exercise." During Exercise US students both share the simultaneous experience of exercising with others, while encouraging others to join in. To participate, schools sign-up for at least one of the 40 15-minute slots that comprise the 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) initiative.
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