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A 'healthy rivalry' begins today

Students from West Hertel Academy and Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy are competing against each other in a “Healthy Rivalry” competition that engages youngsters in heart-healthy activities for the remainder of the school year.

The students are among more than 200 fifth-graders enrolled in Buffalo Public Schools who received NERF ENERGY game kits that monitor and reward students for being physically active. BPS students are the first to get the kits ahead of a national roll-out.

Today at 10 a.m., students from West Hertel will demonstrate how the game kits work with the help of college athletes from Buffalo State College, who will work with the two schools throughout the 2016-17 school year.

UnitedHealthcare and Hasbro partnered on the national initiative to encourage young people to be more active. At an event at the end of the school year, the two companies will announce whether West Hertel or Herman Badillo students achieved the greatest amount of activity.

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