Kids fitness

Students in Markham School Age Center's Drama class admire their President's Physical Fitness trophy, April 25, after a center-wide competition.

Fifty-two Fort Belvoir children were recognized, April 25 at Markham School Age Center for completing the Presidential Active Lifestyle Challenge, a nationwide program that invites youth to commit to regular exercise and maintain healthy eating habits for eight weeks. 

According to Julie Libert, Fort Belvoir Child and Youth Services sports and fitness assistant director, the program gives children a chance to establish physical fitness early in their lives. 

“The Presidential Active Lifestyle is geared toward younger children and teens who want to set themselves on the road to a healthier life through physical activity and healthy food choices,” she said. “The participants commit to physical activity for 60 minutes a day, at least five days a week, for eight weeks. They can choose all kinds of activities to meet their goal—running, walking, stretching, stepping, basketball, dancing, swimming and so on.” 

Libert added that participants had to report on their development and levels of improvement at the start of each week. 

“They kept track of their progress by filling out an activity log every day for a week and then turning it in for a new one on Mondays,” she said. “Once they turned their logs in, their progress was posted on the bulletin board by the front office in the School Age Center that would show everyone how they were doing.” 

For information about the Presidential Active Lifestyle Challenge, call Julie Libert, 703- 805-9138. 

2019 Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards recipients 

Ethan Alveo-Forbes; Kaelynn Barnes; Kaila Barnes; Joaquin Cashwell; Jeremiah Colon; Celeste Cornelius; Nikolas Delanuez; Keyahn Dillard; Gabriel Feliciano; Dominique Flemming; Princess Myia Foster; Mariah Hall; Madison Holley; Mariah Jones; Todd Jones; Heather Lampl; Lailah Lewis; Brianna Lopez; Austin McFatridge; Messias Prices; Tegan Reed; Brooklyn Sneeringer; Chloe White; Jackson Glasser; Kirsten Alderman; Isias Bailon; Isaiah Battle; Re’Onnie Bernard; Taylor Bolton; Annie Bradley; Zackary Broom; Jovany Cerezo; Kalei Garcia; Lochlan Gerfen; Rylan Harrell; Grace Harris; Sophia Kamara; Olivia Lepkowski; Abigail Lingerfelt; Mekhi Lynn; Kayleigh Lyons; Marcus Mott; Natalea Perry; Christian Ross Jr.; Natalie Stone; Stephen Simpson- McKenzie; Kaydin Smith; Makela Toussaint; Benjamin Walters; Kiarra Watts; Aziah Williams; and Kalvin Young.