Peoria District 150 students walk 100 miles

May 14, 2014

Students do a warm-up exercise before walking their last mile of the year.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio
Some Peoria Public Schools students completed the goal of walking 100 miles and lifting 10-thousand pounds throughout the school year.

This is the fifth year District 150 schools have participated in the Courageous Pacers program. The students finished the challenge by walking a mile from Constitution Park along the Riverfront to the Gateway building.

Stephanie Zutter is a physical therapist with the school district. She says daily exercise benefits students in many ways.

“…trying to develop good habits for kids so that it just becomes habit to exercise everyday whether it’s just strengthening or stretching or going on a short walk. There’s a lot of research that shows for increasing behavior or attention that can also help if you add exercise through the day.”

Teachers helped students meet their exercise goals by having them do various activities for at least 15 minutes a day. That includes walking a mile in the hallways of their schools and around playground areas, and lifting weighted water bottles.