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Get ready for the Healthy Hike with Dan Wardell!

March 19, 2009

Iowa Public Television Announces "Healthy Hike" in Each of Iowa’s 99 Counties This Spring

IPTV Kids Clubhouse Host Dan Wardell to Partner with Libraries and Classrooms in Every County to Encourage Reading and Exercise!

(Johnston, Iowa) -- Iowa Public Television today announced the network will embark on an ambitious new initiative designed to get kids across the state to engage in exercise and reading this spring. Dan Wardell, popular host of the IPTV Kids Clubhouse, will lead this "Healthy Hike" effort, which begins April 1.

One elementary school classroom and one library in each county has been selected to participate in a Healthy Hike competition, with students working to log minutes exercising and minutes reading throughout the month of April.

At the completion of the competition, participating classrooms will take a "Healthy Hike" to their local participating library for a story time and celebration. The top ten moving/reading counties will be treated to a surprise visit from Dan Wardell during their local library events, and jump ropes to help kids stay active after the Healthy Hike is over.

Though there is one participating school and library in each county, all students and classrooms are encouraged to participate. For more information on the Healthy Hike, educators and families are encouraged to visit www.iptv.org/dantastic.

"Every day, Iowa Public Television works to serve Iowa’s kids. This Healthy Hike initiative allows us to do what we do best – engage Iowans in learning through on-the-ground work in the communities we serve," said Daniel K. Miller, general manager and executive director of Iowa Public Television. "This initiative demonstrates our commitment to serving the entire state with our local service."

Communities participating in this initiative are:

  • Adair County – Greenfield Public Library and Nodaway Elementary 1st graders
  • Adams County – Corning Public Library and Corning Elementary 2nd graders
  • Allamakee County – Postville Public Library and Darling Elementary 3rd graders
  • Appanoose County – Garrett Memorial Library and Moulton-Udell Elementary 2nd graders
  • Audubon County – Exira Public Library and Exira Elementary 1st graders
  • Benton County – Belle Plaine Community Library and Central Elementary 3rd graders
  • Black Hawk County – Hudson Public Library and Hudson Elementary 2nd graders
  • Boone County – Madrid Public Library and Madrid Community School 2nd graders
  • Bremer County – Sumner Public Library and Durant Elementary 1st graders
  • Buchanan County – Jesup Public Library and Jesup Elementary 3rd graders
  • Buena Vista County – Newell Public Library and Newell-Fonda Elementary 3rd graders
  • Butler County – Greene Public Library and Greene Elementary 1st graders
  • Calhoun County – Manson Public Library and Manson-Northwest Webster 3rd graders
  • Carroll County – Glidden Public Library and Glidden-Ralston Elementary 1st graders
  • Cass County – Anita Public Library and Anita Elementary 2nd graders
  • Cedar County – Lowden Public Library and North Cedar Elementary 3rd graders
  • Cerro Gordo County – Rockwell Public Library and West Fork Elementary 3rd graders
  • Cherokee County – Aurelia Public Library and Aurelia Elementary School 1st graders
  • Chickasaw County – Upham Memorial Library and Fredericksburg Elementary 3rd graders
  • Clarke County – Murray Public Library and Murray Community School 1st graders
  • Clay County – Royal Public Library and Clay Central Everly Elementary 3rd graders
  • Clayton County – Guttenberg Public Library and Clayton Ridge Elementary 2nd graders
  • Clinton County – Clinton Public Library and Prince of Peace 2nd graders
  • Crawford County – Norelius Community Library and St. Rose of Lima 1st graders (Denison)
  • Dallas County – Granger Public Library and Woodward-Granger Elementary 3rd graders
  • Davis County – Bloomfield Public Library and Davis County Elementary 1st graders
  • Decatur County – Lamoni Public Library and Lamoni Community Schools 2nd graders
  • Delaware County – Hopkinton Public Library and Johnston Elementary 1st graders
  • Des Moines County – Mediapolis Public Library and Mediapolis Elementary 2nd graders
  • Dickinson County – Spirit Lake Public Library and Spirit Lake Elementary 3rd graders
  • Dubuque County – James Kennedy Public Library and St. Francis Xavier 3rd graders (Dyersville)
  • Emmet County – Estherville Public Library and Estherville Lincoln Central 1st graders
  • Fayette County – Fayette Community Library and Fayette Elementary 1st graders
  • Floyd County – Nora Springs Public Library and Nora Springs-Rock Falls Elementary 1st graders
  • Franklin County – Sheffield Public Library and West Fork Elementary 2nd graders
  • Fremont County – Hamburg Public Library and Marnie Simons Elementary 3rd graders
  • Greene County – Rippey Public Library and East Greene Community School 1st graders
  • Grundy County – Kling Memorial Library and Grundy Center Elementary 3rd graders
  • Guthrie County – Mary Barnett Memorial Library and Guthrie Center Elementary 2nd graders
  • Hamilton County – Montgomery Memorial Library and South Hamilton Elementary 1st graders (Jewell)
  • Hancock County – Britt Public Library and West Hancock Elementary 1st graders
  • Hardin County – Ackley Public Library and AGWSR 2nd graders
  • Harrison County – Missouri Valley Public Library and Missouri Valley Elementary 2nd graders
  • Henry County – Nugen Public Library and Clark Elementary 2nd graders (New London)
  • Howard County – Cresco Public Library and Crestwood Elementary 3rd graders
  • Humboldt County – Humboldt Public Library and Taft Elementary 3rd graders
  • Ida County – Stubbs Memorial Library and Galva-Holstein Elementary 2nd graders (Holstein)
  • Iowa County – Marengo Public Library and Iowa Valley Elementary 1st graders
  • Jackson County – Preston Public Library and Preston Elementary 2nd graders
  • Jasper County – Colfax Public Library and Colfax-Mingo Elementary 3rd graders
  • Jefferson County – Fairfield Public Library and Washington Elementary 2nd graders
  • Johnson County – Oxford Public Library and Clear Creek Elementary 2nd graders
  • Jones County – Anamosa Public Library and Strawberry Hill Elementary 2nd graders
  • Keokuk County – Wilson Memorial Library and Keota Elementary School 2nd graders
  • Kossuth County – Titonka Public Library and Titonka 3rd graders
  • Lee County – Donnellson Public Library and Central Lee 1st graders
  • Linn County – Cole Library and Washington Elementary 1st graders (Mt. Vernon)
  • Louisa County – Columbus Junction Library and Roundy Elementary 1st graders
  • Lucas County – Chariton Public Library and Columbus Elementary 2nd graders
  • Lyon County – Rock Rapids Public Library and Central Lyon 2nd graders
  • Madison County – Earlham Public Library and Earlham 2nd graders
  • Mahaska County – New Sharon Public Library and North Mahaska Elementary 2nd graders
  • Marion County – Melcher-Dallas Public Library and Melcher-Dallas 3rd graders
  • Marshall County – Gutenkunst Public Library and West Marshall 3rd graders (State Center)
  • Mills County – Malvern Public Library and Chantry Elementary 1st graders
  • Mitchell County – Osage Public Library and Lincoln Elementary 1st graders
  • Monona County – Onawa Public Library and Lark Elementary 2nd graders
  • Monroe County – Albia Public Library and Lincoln Elementary 3rd graders
  • Montgomery County – Villisca Public Library and Villisca Elementary 1st graders
  • Muscatine County – Wilton Public Library and Wilton Elementary 1st and 2nd graders
  • O’Brien County – Hartley Public Library and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 2nd graders
  • Osceola County – Sibley Public Library and Franklin Elementary 1st graders
  • Page County – Lied Public Library and Essex Elementary School 2nd graders
  • Palo Alto County – West Bend Public Library and West Bend-Mallard 2nd graders
  • Plymouth County – Remsen Public Library and Remsen-Union Elementary 1st graders
  • Pocahontas County – Laurens Public Library and Laurens-Marathon 3rd graders
  • Polk County – Bondurant Public Library and Anderson Elementary 1st graders
  • Pottawattamie County – Avoca Public Library and AHST Elementary 1st graders
  • Poweshiek County – Montezuma Public Library and Montezuma Elementary 1st graders
  • Ringgold County – Mount Ayr Public Library and Mount Ayr Community Elementary 1st graders
  • Sac County – Sac City Public Library and East Sac County Elementary 1st graders
  • Scott County – Scott County Library System and Ed White Elementary 2nd graders (Eldridge)
  • Shelby County – Elk Horn Public Library and Elk Horn-Kimballton 3rd graders
  • Sioux County – Hawarden Public Library and West Sioux Elementary 3rd graders
  • Story County – Slater Public Library and Ballard West Elementary 1st graders
  • Tama County – Traer Public Library and Traer Elementary 3rd graders
  • Taylor County – Lenox Public Library and Lenox Elementary 2nd graders
  • Union County – Gibson Memorial Library and Creston Elementary students
  • Van Buren County – Keosauqua Public Library and Van Buren Elementary 1st graders
  • Wapello County – Eddyville Public Library and Eddyville Elementary Attendance Center 1st graders
  • Warren County – Carlisle Public Library and Carlisle Elementary 1st graders
  • Washington County – Kalona Public Library and Kalona Elementary 2nd graders
  • Wayne County – LeCompte Memorial Library and Wayne Community School District 3rd graders (Corydon)
  • Webster County – Dayton Public Library and Southeast Webster-Grand 1st graders
  • Winnebago County – Buffalo Center Public Library and North Iowa Community School 2nd graders
  • Winneshiek County – Ossian Public Library and South Winn Elementary 3rd graders
  • Woodbury County – Woodbury County Library and Woodbury Central 2nd graders (Moville)
  • Worth County – Manly Public Library and Central Springs Elementary 3rd graders
  • Wright County – Talbot Belmond Public Library and Richard O. Jacobson Elementary 2nd graders (Belmond)

For interviews, photos, and other information, contact Jennifer Konfrst at 515-242-3146.

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March 19, 2009

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