CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - At Corinth Elementary School, there are what looks like just everyday physical education classes.
But the physical education the fourth graders at the school are getting goes one step further.
The students are taking part in what's called the Coke 10k Kids Get-Fit! Initiative.
Sponsored by the Coke 10k and Magnolia Regional Health Center Foundation, this is a ten week program that aims to help all Corinth and Alcorn County fourth graders gain a better understanding and appreciation for physical fitness.
Teacher Amy Chandler said, "It has allowed us to incorporate our body systems unit with the health program here. The students are excited about physical education. Not only are they going to play games, they are now getting fit. They're taking initiative and learning about staying fit through diet and exercise. It's made a wonderful impact."
This program encourages more than just playing a game of basketball or some other sport.
It's about creating a new, healthier everyday way of life.
Student Ashley Sparks said, "We first walk and then we jog. We then run and sprint and they help us keep our pace."
Student Trent Tidwell said, "It makes me feel good because I'm burning calories. I'm getting strong and making my muscles grow."
Student Spencer Owens said, "Not only is it fun and helps you get healthy, but it can help you with other sports like baseball and basketball."
Volunteers in the community come into the schools and lead this charge.
Kenneth Williams with the Coke 10k Race said, "What we're trying to do is promote physical fitness at a time in their life when it will be meaningful to them. They can get outside and exercise."
The Get-Fit! Initiative runs for only 10 weeks at each school.
Supporters say they hope what the students learn from it will last them a lifetime.