Students walk 100 miles in the name of health

By Anna Yee

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- About 250 Peoria Public school students crossed the finish line of a year-long marathon.

A handful of schools worked together to achieve a fitness goal of walking 10 miles and lifting 10,000 pounds.

On Wednesday, the students and staff completed their 100th mile along the riverfront.

It was a special moment for 8th grader Ivy Greer, who's recovering from a sudden cardiac arrest that caused traumatic brain injury.

"This means a lot," said Melissa Edie, Ivy's mother. "She (Ivy) just started walking a little over a year ago. She was in a wheel chair about a year and a half. Pretty exciting for her to go that long. It's a pretty long way."

"We have regular ed students, and we have special ed students, children with either cognitive or physical disabilities," said Stephanie Zutter, a physical therapist at District 150. "The biggest thing is that it gives the teachers an opportunity to add health and fitness into their classrooms, which is also proven to show increased learning and improved behaviors in the classroom."

Peoria Public school students have been doing the 100 mile exercise for the past few years.

District 150 hopes to expand the program into more schools next year.

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