Hi, my name is Lori Ann Blakeley.

Welcome to my Web site developed and maintained on my behalf by my father, Larry Blakeley. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm

My father also manages the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Major Roy James Blakeley (USAF - KIA) (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - my grandfather

Leslie Blakeley Adkins - my older sister

Evan Blakeley- my younger brother 

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Various letters and notes here. http://www.loriblakeley.name/various_notes_letters.htm

What my brother, Evan Blakeley is up to with his baseball. http://www.evanblakeley.name

My mother's walking club for the students at Cockrell Hill Elementary School, DeSoto, Texas http://www.loriblakeley.name/article_dallas_morning_news_jackie_blakeley20070601.htm

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Jackie Blakeley hopes that a walking club she started recently for students a DeSoto's Cockrell Hill Elementary School establishes lifelong fitness routines in those children.

By the end of the school year, as many as 90 students were participating in the walking club, which met about an hour before school started.

As an incentive, students who participate can show up to their first-period class a little late.

But even then, Ms. Blakeley, the Cockrell Hill Elementary School nurse, uses the extra time to meet with the walking club members over breakfast to review what's a healthy meal and what isn't.

"We do a lot of screening here, and one of the things we were seeing is increased obesity in children," Ms. Blakeley said.

"We saw a need for more activity and education about healthy choices and lifestyles, so I came up with the idea of a walking club."

At Cockrell Hill, the students gather around 7 a.m. and start walking around the school at 7:15.

The school doesn't have a track but does have a big playground that's fenced. Ms. Blakeley said the club walks indoors if it's too muddy outside.

"We've had to split up, with boys walking on Thursdays and girls waling on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Fridays, they're all out there, Ms. Blakeley said.

"I tell them if you don't feel winded, it's not doing any good. My main goal was to start lifetime habits."

The walking club and nutrition talks are part of the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program, said Principal Wanda Randall.

It's a Texas Education Agency-approved program that promotes physical activity, healthy food choices and preventing tobacco use in elementary-age children.

"We have 'go' foods and 'whoa' foods in the program," Ms. Randall said. "The 'go' foods [are] good for us."

Ms. Randall said the program has grown so much that she anticipates needing a few adult volunteers to help corral the students in the fall.

"It's an awesome program and very healthful," Ms. Randall said. "We're hoping the district looks at it and makes it a requirement."

Regardless if it becomes a requirement, Subora White, a 9-year-old third-grader this past school year, said the program has helped her because she needed to lose weight.

"It shows me that you have to do a whole lot of things to lose weight," Subora said.

Tiana Watts-Porter, a 10-year-old fourth-grader at the end of the school year, said she likes that she gets to listen to her MP3 player and talk with her friends during the walk.

Kendall Campbell, a 10-year-old fourth grader at year's end, said the walk gives her energy to start the day.

And classmate 10-year-old Mikayla Green said the club "has helped with my self-esteem. I feel better about myself."

Ms. Blakeley said the teachers love the program, too.

"They've told me there is a difference between the students who are in the club and those who aren't," Ms. Blakeley said. "They say the students get their hyperness out."

- "Students Healthy Steps: DeSoto Classroom strides seen in students in walking club," Herb Booth, Special Contributor, The Dallas Morning News http://www.dallasnews.com/, Friday, June 1, 2007, Page4B http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/desoto/stories/DN-dlfocus_01met.ART.Central.Edition1.4359faf.html