Often we hear reports about childhood obesity, and the fact that today's youth needs to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.
Many things are to blame, namely being stationary on a couch for hours on end playing the latest video game. Types of food and the amount eaten also, obviously, play a role.
With that said, we are encouraged by the efforts of Trisha Enochs, a physical education and health teacher at Oak Glen High School.
Enochs had a vision of adding a fitness room at the high school, but a suggestion from high school Principal Barbara Logue has led to Enochs wanting to incorporate fitness stations and fitness equipment into the high school's future 3.1-mile cross country course.
The idea is that while people are running the course, they stop at these stations and add a different style of workout into their exercise routine. The course will be accessible, free of charge, to the public.
The goal for the 10 pieces of equipment for the fitness course is roughly $6,000. Enochs believes a grant received from West Virginia on the Move organization, a successful "jail 'n' bail" fundraiser and proceeds from an upcoming 5K race will push the idea into fruition.
Enoch and her "Physically Active Lifestyles" committee are to be commended for their efforts.
We understand this fitness course won't bring about a nation of fit youth, but even if one child, locally, takes part and becomes more active, it will be a success.