The University of Illinois Extension traditionally has taken their Health Jam program into DeWitt and Piatt County elementary classrooms in the spring, but this year, the program has shifted to the fall season for Clinton students.
U of I Extension youth educator Sherry Fulton says the program aims to provide youth insights and lessons into healthy living from exercises to proper nutrition.
According to Fulton, 4th and 5th graders are the ideal age groups to target with the material they are teaching. She explains it is a very impressionable age and hopes the students take away the lessons and make them life long practices.
Fulton is a big advocate for daily exercise and healthy eating. She feels America's youth needs to know the benefits to healthy living.
Fulton indicates Health Jam in recent years has generated positive results.