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Summit for Healthy Children Gets Missoula Moving

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School officials, teachers and parents were jump roping and hoola hooping on Friday at the University of Montana as part of Missoula's Summit for Healthy Children.

Community members learned how physical activity helps students be more productive during class time, miss fewer days of school and create fewer disruptions at the summit.

The summit is part of the "Let's Move Missoula" program of the City-County Health Department, aimed at increasing kids' activity level in school.

Lisa Beczkiewicz, the Let's Move Coordinator, said "So, if you moved 5-10 minutes before you took a test, you would do better, and the research shows time and time again that that's true, that the more active our kids are, the better they do in school."

Two people gave keynote speeches on the connection between physical activity and learning at the summit.

A second will be held in February with a focus on healthy foods to promote learning.

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