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Woodbury Elementary participating in PowerUp School Challenge

Woodbury Elementary will participate in the 2019 season of HealthPartners PowerUp School Challenge with a kick-off on Monday, Jan. 28. More than 60 elementary schools in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are participating.

HealthPartners developed the challenge based on research that shows eating fruits and vegetables and getting physical activity is the most effective way to promote health and prevent obesity in kids.

The challenge is a three-week program for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. It includes fun, interactive classroom activities that promote fun, colorful and tasty fruits and veggies.

More than 150,000 students have participated in the program since it began in 2012. A survey shows that a majority of families (71 percent) and school staff (82 percent) reported that kids are trying more fruits and veggies as a direct result of the school challenge.