Starting January 22, middle schoolers in Sarasota County will hit the gym to learn about healthy lifestyles through the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge. Launched in 2016 in partnership with Sarasota County Schools, Health Fit Powered by Sarasota Memorial, and SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco), the program teaches students about the importance of physical fitness, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living.
During the five-week Challenge, more than 4,500 students in grades six through eight will participate in a variety of health and fitness activities led by Sarasota County Physical Education teachers.
Now in its third year, the Challenge curriculum continues to be enhanced to emphasize tobacco-free living and better nutrition. The program also was expanded in 2017 to include Oak Park School, where faculty adapted the curriculum for students with special needs.
Each participating student is eligible for two free tickets to the Orioles Spring Training game on February 24 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Each student also receives a voucher for $20 in food and beverage from the Orioles Fit Grill. Families of participating students may also purchase additional tickets to the same game for just $5 each.