If their energy could be harnessed, the 1,100 third graders running, jumping and playing in Carnie Smith Stadium in May could probably have powered a small city. The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) hosted students from Crawford and Cherokee counties for the annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day, an event designed to reinforce the concept of physical activity as a key to a long and healthy life.

Students learn some karate moves from Jim Otter, director of the School of Construction, above. Below, colorful parachutes offer a different kind of activity.

Students learn some karate moves from Jim Otter, director of the School of Construction, above. Below, colorful parachutes offer a different kind of activity.

Shelly Grimes, coordinator of the event, held this year in Carnie Smith Stadium, said the statewide activity, hosted at sites across Kansas, reminds students to be active every day.

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