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Atlanta Falcons fitness program honors Douglas County teacher
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
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Tara Arbegast
Tara Arbegast
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Tara Arbegast of Bright Star Elementary School in Douglasville was among five teachers the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team recently named Teachers of the Year in its First Down for Fitness program.

The Falcons selected the five from 246 teachers which participated in the 2012-2013 First Down for Fitness presented by Kimberly-Clark Professional.

Other winners were Amy Young of Nebo Elementary in Dallas; Tony Edmondson of Dutchtown Elementary in Hampton; Cate Hernandez of Shiloh Point Elementary in Cumming; and Marcus Bruno Morris of M.E. Lewis Elementary in Sparta.

The Falcons stated in a release the winners were selected “for their commitment and dedication to finding unique ways to ensure their students engage in physical activity for 60 minutes, five days a week and maintain healthy eating habits.”

Each winner will receive a $1,000 fitness equipment grant from the Falcons and equipment partner Good Sports, the release stated.

Arbegast told a reporter she was “honored and proud” for winning the award.

She thanked administrator Dale McGill for the nomination “and the Falcons organization for the creation of this program and for their proactive participation in the betterment of physical education for our children.”

“This award will go a long way to providing state of the art equipment for the students at Bright Star Elementary and will help me provide creative physical activities for our children here at Bright Star,” Arbegast said.

Among the programs Arbegast established were a student running contest for prizes; a “Fast Track for Fitness” monthly fitness calendar; daily health lesssons; and jump rope and roller skating competitions.

The Atlanta Falcons First Down for Fitness presented by Kimberly-Clark Professional program, in its seventh year, is a three-month program designed to challenge third- through seventh-grade students in Georgia to participate in fitness activities, eat healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle.

The program incorporates components of the NFL’s Play 60 program, the American Heart Association and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association’s Fuel Up to Play 60 nutrition program.

Good Sports CEO Melissa Harper stated, “In a day and age where unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles amongst children is becoming commonplace; certain organizations and individuals stand out as models of efficiency in keeping kids physically and emotionally healthy.”
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