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7/13/2013 2:48:00 PM
Fit Kids moves into classrooms
VVN/Raquel Hendrickson
Fit Kids of Arizona Director Richard Henn talks to the Camp Verde School Board about funding the program in the classroom.
VVN/Raquel Hendrickson
Fit Kids of Arizona Director Richard Henn talks to the Camp Verde School Board about funding the program in the classroom.
VVN/Raquel Hendrickson
The Camp Verde School Board heard Richard Henn’s presentation on Fit Kids the same night he spoke to Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s governing board.
VVN/Raquel Hendrickson
The Camp Verde School Board heard Richard Henn’s presentation on Fit Kids the same night he spoke to Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s governing board.
CVUSD board also approves new budget
After a public hearing that no public attended, the CVUSD board approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2014.

The Maintenance and Operations budget limit is $7.74 million, with unrestricted capital outlay at $661,000. The M&O is up about 8.6 percent.

Numbers will be changing, but the district is anticipating a rise in the tax rate. The current primary tax rate is 3.7617. It could go up to 5.0272 for FY14. The district has no override or bonds, so its only secondary tax is for the joint technical education district. That secondary tax rate remains at 0.05.

The student count is up slightly for the new fiscal year at more than 1,400 attending. The district has 81 teachers and six administrators. The teacher-to-student ratio is 1-to-19.

To see the FY14 budget, visit

Raquel Hendrickson
Bugle Managing Editor

CAMP VERDE - Fit Kids of Arizona has had a clinic in Camp Verde for nearly two years, but Tuesday night the health program made its way into the schools.

The Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board approved a funding agreement with Northern Arizona Healthcare to work the programs into the school day.

Richard Henn, director of NAH's Fit Kids of Arizona, provided startling statistics on the increase of obesity among children in this century. That includes the recent count of one out of three children in the country being overweight.

"It's easier to change habits when they are children than when they are adults," Henn said.

He said students who are also active are better students. A side benefit, he added, has been that the students are eager to take what they've learned home and teach their parents.

The program promotes healthy lifestyles through counseling, nutrition education, physical activity and community partnerships.

Fit Kids provides children with exercises and fun activities that they can do at school and also at home without investing in expensive equipment. The goal is to reduce childhood obesity and its health impacts, such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and other issues.

In the agreement, NAH will put in $48,000 toward the program in a three-year commitment. CVUSD has limited physical education classes, but Henn said that is much better than some districts that have eliminated that entirely. NAH is requesting that CVUSD hire another PhysEd instructor. The program also pays a stipend for a health aide.

Camp Verde Elementary Principal Debi Pottorff, noting that the program would take more than 30 minutes out of the school day, spoke to her staff about it. She said the teachers are in full support.

There has already been positive feedback from children participating in the Fit Kids program in Cottonwood. Also on Tuesday night, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District expanded its relationship with Fit Kids.

Henn said the data remains anonymous and the program does not cost the students anything. If there are associated costs that are not covered by personal insurance, NAH foots the bill, he said.

Related Stories:
• Editorial: CV Schools wise to broaden attack on obesity

Related Links:
• District Summary Budget

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Do as I say not as I do

The program might sell better if the seller was a better example of what to do, instead of what not to do. I guess that's why it's called Fit Kids and not Fit Adults. Just saying that kids will always question what's expected of them, when the person asking does not tow the line themselves.

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