More than 900 southeast Kansas third graders ran, jumped and burned up thousands of extra calories when the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) hosted its 20th annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day in May.

Shelly Grimes, PSU fitness director and coordinator of Kansas Kids Fitness Day at PSU, said the event has a dual purpose.

“This is a great way to show the community and students what fitness is all about,” Grimes said, “and it gives the HHPR majors a hands on learning experience with working with such a large number of kids.”

Dr. John Oppliger, HHPR Department chairman, said Kansas Kids Fitness Day has strong ties to PSU.

“Dr. Tom Bryant (then a member of the HHPR faculty) was on the Governor’s Council on Fitness when Kansas Kids Fitness Day began and was the grant director for the funds used to support the event across the state,” Oppliger said.