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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Mercy donates pedometers to WHS

  • Mercy Clinic Family Medicine of St. Robert has donated 39 pedometers to the physical education program at Waynesville High School. Lori Laughlin, Mercy's practice manager III, presented them to Coach Brittany Matlock on Monday.
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  • Mercy Clinic Family Medicine of St. Robert has donated 39 pedometers to the physical education program at Waynesville High School. Lori Laughlin, Mercy’s practice manager III, presented them to Coach Brittany Matlock on Monday. 
    “Data drives students to improve their performance,” Matlock says. “These pedometers will help motivate students to increase their steps and to improve their times.”
    The pedometers track distance traveled, calculate calories burnt and record up to 99,999 steps.
    “Through this donation, Mercy is making a difference in the health and well-being of our students,” Matlock says.
    The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.
    Matlock originally applied for a grant to purchase pedometers through the Waynesville R-VI School District Foundation; but there were not enough funds available. That’s when Mercy Clinic stepped in to help. 
    “Once we heard about the need, we wanted to do something to help,” Laughlin says. “Encouraging students to exercise is great way to improve the overall health of our children and makes a positive difference in our community.”
    The pedometers will not spend anytime sitting on a shelf; they will begin being used during summer school.
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