Children in classrooms around the Midlands are making physical activity a part of their daily routine in the Subway Fit for Life Challenge. The challenge, sponsored by local Subway restaurants, is taking place in May during Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

For two weeks, the students will track their eating and physical activity with the aim of making healthy choices. New to the program, students will track the hours of sleep they get each night.

Schools participating in the challenge are: Bethel-Hanberry Elementary in Blythewood, Chapin Middle in Chapin, Alcorn Middle, Pine Grove Elementary and Sandel Elementary in Columbia, Oak Pointe Elementary in Irmo, Pleasant Hill Elementary in Lexington, High Hills Elementary at Shaw Air Force Base, Pocalla Springs Elementary in Sumter, and Fairfield Magnet for Math and Science in Winnsboro.

With the help of USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body for track & field, long distance running and race walking, the Subway Fit for Life Challenge includes Team USATF elite athletes helping to inspire and instruct students through the organization’s RunJumpThrow program.

“USATF is pleased to partner once again with the SUBWAY Fit for Life Challenge to help inspire students to make physical activity a regular part of their day,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Running, jumping and throwing – and resting – are important parts of any day and are critical to success in nearly every sport.”

USATF offers the following tips for anyone to try during Physical Fitness and Sports Month:

  • If you notice you’re a salty sweater, water may not be the most ideal drink for you. Consider sports drinks pre/during/post training for optimal hydration.
  • Not big on protein shakes post workout? Consider a high protein Greek yogurt cup, string cheese with crackers, or a turkey sandwich for recovery.
  • Avoid screen time on phones and tablets in the 30 minutes prior to sleep. Deep sleep is essential for muscle repair and recovery.

Students who successfully complete the two-week challenge will be treated to a free 6-inch sub sandwich at local Subway restaurants.

“Our local Subway owners want to help put kids on the right track to make healthy choices,” said Pete Hornsby, Subway local board chair in Columbia. “Hopefully, by taking the Subway Fit for Life Challenge, they will create healthy habits that follow them beyond school and all through life.”