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Crist's Challenge



Cristpe_3_3 You'd think Gov. Charlie Crist would have his hands full with the state's budget woes -- not to mention all those pesky references to his veepstakes prospects.

But no, he's all about another challenge: Fitness.

Crist unveiled today the eight-week Governor's Fitness Challenge in a hopscotch tour of elementary schools statewide that included a morning stop at Bellamy Elementary in northwest Hillsborough County.

He's asking students to spend 90-minutes each week working to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, speed and agility. From the press release: "Each week a new activity theme will be unveiled on the Governor’s Fitness Challenge Web site, featuring podcasts from popular Olympians and professional athletes that encourage students to get more active."

Schools with at least 50 percent of students participating could win $5,000 to $10,000 to purchase sports equipment.

(Photo from Bellamy Elementary, Chris Zuppa, Times staff photographer)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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