Shelton Smith wants his physical ed students to beat the odds on childhood obesity, so he came up with a choreographed dance to stomp it out. Fourth-grader Ashanti Hayward says he likes the "cowboy" move.
Physical education coach Shelton Smith wants his students to beat the odds on childhood obesity. He knows they're stacked against them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a third of all U.S. children and adolescents were obese by 2008.
So Smith came up with "the Obesity Stomp."
"I just wanted something that would be fun and engaging for the kids," he said.
Deerfield Park Elementary's music director came up with lyrics, and Smith infused dance moves like the "robocop."
Fourth grader Ashanti Hayward likes the "cowboy" move, a spin with a "yeehaw" yell.
"Everybody gets to have fun while doing a workout with friends and family," said Hayward.
Smith is entering the choreographed dance in the Governor's Wellness Challenge, where teachers compete to show best practices for teaching fitness.
He hopes the kids will share the moves with friends and family, to make a workout seem mor like play.
"They really like the song," Smith said smiling. "I didn't think they would like it that much."