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Forum staff reports, Published June 24 2009

Fargo schools health program earns honor

The “Exercise the Right to Read” program in Fargo middle schools this year was recognized by the North Dakota Department of Health and Fargo School Board on Tuesday.

The districtwide program encouraged the more than 2,500 middle school students to read and exercise for 26 minutes a day for 26 days.

It led up to the Fargo Marathon – a 26.2-mile run, hence the program’s requirements. The students didn’t run 26.2 miles, but some celebrated the end of the program by running the 5k race.

Judy Thomson, the school health program manager for the state Department of Health, said the department wanted to credit organizers for bringing health into schools and making a healthier community.

She presented a poster to the School Board on Tuesday in recognition of the program – one of eight programs out of 58 in the state the department is recognizing this year.