"Fit In Five" works to fight childhood obesity

In an effort to help prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama launched a school grant program, awarding $67,000 in grants to eight elementary schools.

One of the schools is in Jefferson County. W. J. Christian K-8 School.

Each school receives a grant up to $10,000. That money goes toward programs meant to increase exercise, provide better nutrition education. The programs even encourage parents to get involved too.

"I think that it's a great grant for the kids. We really need to push this more," says Michael Jordan (no relation). Jordan is the P. E. coach for the school. For the next four months, students{} will work to improve their health in the five components of fitness.{} Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.It is called "Fit In Five".

The program, implemented by Jordan, is made possible through the grant money. It's meant to give students the knowledge and application skills needed to live a physically healthy life styleStudents complete different exercises meant to improve them in the five areas of fitness.As the program moves along, Jordan will test each student's body mass index. The program also follows students home. Parents fill out a survey, then go the grocery store with their children to pick out nutritional foods together.