Story and Photo by
Capt. Christopher Ren
84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command
MILILANI — With smiles on their faces, sweat on their backs and leg muscles burning, it’s no wonder why students, here, at Mililani Uka Elementary School are in shape.
Adding in some volunteer Soldiers — to help lead and motivate these students as they continue to stay in shape — can really make for a fun-filled day at school.
Nearly 20 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, volunteered to visit the school, Sept. 28, to help run the Get Moving, Get Fit event, which was a morning full of physical activities for the students.
With a team obstacle course, a water relay race and group dance sessions, both students and Soldiers alike got a good day’s workout.
“If I was given a chance to volunteer again, then I would do it in a heartbeat,” said Staff Sgt. Ian Ajimine, chemical operations specialist, HHC. “It was great to see the kid’s happy faces (with) them knowing the military cares about them and their future.”
The school has hosted Get Moving, Get Fit for the past six years to promote a physically fit and healthy lifestyle. The school also encourages its students to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get plenty of exercise year-round.
Twice this school year, once in the fall and once in the spring, faculty, parents and volunteers work together to set up the Get Moving, Get Fit events for students.
“This event would not be possible without all the help and support that they have provided us,” said Lance Fujioka, physical education teacher, Mililani Uka. “The 84th Engineers are a pleasure to work with, as they are so willing to assist in the manual labor of setting up and breaking down the equipment.”
Nearly 50 percent of all school-age children who are overweight become obese during adulthood, according to research conducted by Preventive Medicine and the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Also, more than one-third of fourth-graders and high school students were either overweight or at risk for being overweight, according to data collected by the Nutrition Education Needs Assessment Survey.
With studies such as these in mind, physical activity events such as Get Moving, Get Fit can be an important measure in helping prevent childhood obesity.
“Our military partners bring fun, energy and excitement for our students, while setting good examples of teamwork, citizenship, fair play and good, old fashioned spirit of competition,” said Michele Fehr, a parent of one of the students at Mililani Uka. “We love having them help out at our school. This fitness event would not be the same without our military helpers.”