Cobb's Kids Get Moving: Local schools among top in nation in campaign to end childhood obesity

MARIETTA — Schools in Cobb County are doing their part to fight childhood obesity and enhance their physical education classes, and three have received accolades by the campaign started by first lady Michelle Obama.

Bells Ferry, Smyrna and Mountain View elementary schools have been named National Recognition Award winners by the "Let's Move!" campaign to end child obesity. About 700 schools were recognized nationally, with 53 of them in Georgia.

Mountain View PE teacher Brian Devore credits the school's active Parent Teacher Association's Health and Wellness Committee being instrumental in "a total team effort here at Mountain View." Devore, who has taught physical education for 25 years, seven of them at Mountain View, said the school already had a quality PE program before registering for "Let's Move!" in 2012.

"We try our best to bring new things to our students," Devore said. "It's not the same thing every day."

Students at Mountain View aren't always confined to their desks during class, getting up to exercise for a few minutes in between lessons for "brain breaks."

The original article appeared in The Marietta Daily Journal on September 14, 2014.