The Utah State Office of Education is pleased to support your efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, on-line physical education, and outdoor recreation opportunities in Utah. Childhood obesity levels, type II diabetes and the other health challenges for kids are at an all-time high in the United States and communities need to work together to reverse the trend.
Your on-line resources on the www.cowboyted.com web site serve as a great tool for teachers and parents to provide additional opportunities for kids to stay healthy in Utah. The on-line physical education curriculum you have developed will benefit students, parents and teachers and will provide another easy-to-implement opportunity to include short and fun fitness activities into the daily lives of Utah’s children.
The 52-Healthy Tips for Kids feature offers sound suggestions to help kids and parents adopt healthy lifestyles as they work together, and the Billy the Bull Healthy Choices on-line book series is an excellent resource to get kids reading about the importance of making healthy choices in their lives.
Utah is a beautiful state rich in outdoor recreational opportunities. The Utah Family Recreation Guide you have developed provides a clear picture of the many sites available for families to pursue fun and fitness in Utah’s outdoors.
The Utah State Office of Education is concerned about the health of Utah’s children and understands the challenges posed by poor nutrition and inactivity. Healthy habits must be developed early in life to ensure good health over the course of a lifetime.
Thank you for your work in developing these meaningful resources. Families throughout the state will find them useful in helping kids to stay active and healthy and in planning vacation activities that offer both fun and fitness! Your slogan of Get Outside, Get Active, Get Healthy is sound advice for Utah’s families.
I am pleased to offer my official support for your efforts in promoting healthy lifestyles and activities for children and families in Utah!