The Messenger 06.04.08 Ridgemont Elementary School students were recently offered a chance to participate in BlueCross BlueShield’s Walking Works for Schools challenge. The grade which walked at least five minutes per day in 24 weeks would win free pedometers from the agency and celebrate with a party at school given by the school nurse. Healthy eating and exercise habits were encouraged and party foods were chosen from the Tennessee Competitive Foods List. All participating students and teachers are to be congratulated, according to Ridgemont school nurse Sharon Stone. The winner of 2007-08 contest at Ridgemont was the entire third grade, including the classes of teachers Katherine Raines, Charlotte Jackson and Susan Thomason. These teachers walked with their students, taught a full class load and provided physical education and recess times as well. Mrs. Stone said about 60 third-graders went beyond the five minutes per day and logged about 2,940 minutes of walking while still completing their classwork during regular school hours. Mrs. Stone said Coordinated School Health team members are proud to have assisted the Ridgemont students in learning about wellness and providing incentives toward fitness. Next year, more classes are encouraged to participate for the sake of student health, Mrs. Stone said.