October 8, 2004 -- Posted at 6:03 p.m. CDT
PARAGOULD, AR -- By now we've all heard the statistics about overweight kids in Arkansas. Greene County Tech Elementary School is taking a proactive approach to the problem.
The physical education department started a new program this week called the Feelin' Good Mileage Cub. Each student was given a mileage card. There are 20 footprints on each card. Every time a students walks or runs 1/4 of a mile they get a punch in their card. Once they receive a certain number of punches they get prizes like medals and t-shirts
While the kids are having fun, most of them don't realize they're also working to change a statistic.
"With Arkansas ranking third in childhood obesity, we've gotta get these kids moving,"said fifth grade teacher, Alice Miles.