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SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Several Sioux Falls elementary schools are encouraging students to walk or run more in an effort to promote a healthier and more active lifestyle.

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Eugene Field Elementary School is one of the schools. Principal Ann Davis says that when people are physically active, they learn better.

Renberg Elementary also has a walking program. Gym teachers hand out chains to each student, and when students reach various mileage benchmarks, they earn foot-shaped charms.

Renberg Principal Patricia Pannell tells the media that 106 out of the school's 190 students have earned at least one charm.

Cleveland Elementary has a before-school running club and has maps in the gym charting the students' and staffs' progress toward walking the equivalent of the length of the United States.

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