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Irving Elementary holds Healthiest State Annual Walk

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Hundreds of students were burning some energy this afternoon in a walk part of the Cedar Valley Blue Zones Project.

Students at Irving Elementary in Waterloo were "getting their walk on" in the Healthiest State Annual Walk. It was a hot afternoon, but students and staff at Irving were not letting that stop them from running around the football field. Staff and families dumped water on themselves to stay cool.

"They are keeping us wet because we are running for health, we are gonna get healthy," said Brittany Rumsey, parent.

Hundreds of people took part in the walk today, something the school was very excited to put on.

"It kind of worked out, mother nature didn't agree with us and said, 'here's a hot day'...were were just sitting here thinking, 'what can we do to make this more fun?' Why not water hoses?" said Cory Arensdoft, Irving P.E. teacher. "The kids are literally running through water hoses, their faces are lighting up and they are super excited about this...they are happy, they are energetic and that's exactly what I was hoping for."

Arensdoft was very happy to see his students getting physical whether they were walking, jogging, skipping or galloping. The smiles, laughs and energy made today's hot walk worth it.

"When they are smiling and laughing and giggling there's not a feeling to describe how cool that is," said Arensdoft.

Parents say they are thankful they were invited to exercise with their students, saying it's important that their kids stay active. This is just one of 19 walks the Cedar Valley Blue Zone Project has scheduled this year. For more information. on the project CLICK HERE.

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