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16 MILLION minutes moved and read in Iowa in April - WAY TO GO KIDS!

May 11, 2009

Iowa kids log 16 million minutes of reading and exercising during Iowa Public Television’s month-long “Healthy Hike” Initiative

IPTV Kids Clubhouse Host Dan Wardell to visit top-ten reading/moving communities,
plus two “Wild Card” locations


(Johnston, Iowa)  -- Kids in every Iowa county joined together to move and read more than 16 million minutes during the month of April as part of Iowa Public Television’s “Healthy Hike” initiative. Dan Wardell, popular host of the IPTV Kids Clubhouse, will help schools celebrate their accomplishments this month.

            One elementary school classroom and one library in each county was selected to participate in the competition, with students working to log minutes exercising and minutes reading throughout the month of April. The combined efforts of these 99 communities totaled 16,508,686 minutes of reading and moving.

Every school and library participating in the effort will receive books about exercise for the school and for the library, and a certificate for each student.

The schools that logged the most moving/reading minutes will be treated to a visit from Dan Wardell when they take their celebratory “Healthy Hikes” to their local libraries. Dates and times are yet to be announced. The top ten communities are:

1st place: Lamoni Community Schools, Lamoni (5245 average minutes read/moved per student)

2nd place: Southeast Webster-Grand, Dayton (4150 average minutes read/moved per student)

3rd place: Villisca Elementary School, Villisca (3592 average minutes read/moved per student)

4th place: Clayton Ridge Elementary, Guttenberg (3547 average minutes read/moved per student)

5th place: West Sioux Elementary, Hawarden (3487 average minutes read/moved per student)

6th place: North Tama Elementary, Traer (3383 average minutes read/moved per student)

7th place: Prince of Peace, Clinton (3230 average minutes read/moved per student)

8th place: St. Rose of Lima, Denison (3163 average minutes read/moved per student)

9th place: South Winn Elementary, Ossian (3149 average minutes read/moved per student)

10th place: Marnie Simons Elementary, Hamburg (3142 average minutes read/moved per student)


Students in these top 10 classrooms will each receive a Healthy Hike jump rope, in addition to their certificates.

Chariton and Columbus Junction will also receive visits from Dan Wardell to recognize their outstanding commitment to the effort through community partnerships.

For interviews, photos, and other information, contact Jennifer Konfrst at 515-242-3146.


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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
May 11, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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