As many of us make New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym in 2012, schools are resolving to get students moving too.
Academic instruction and testing preparation too often crowds out adequate time for recess and physical education during the school day, but many schools are finding creative new ways to promote active lifestyles for our kids. Tray Talk has featured success stories from Evanston Township High School (Illinois), where the “Move and Crunch Challenge” encourages students to participate in 30-60 minutes of physical activity every day; and Messiah Lutheran School (Nebraska), where Family Fitness Night had parents, students and faculty hula hooping in sync.
Teachers are in on the action too. Kim Ramsey at Rivers Edge Elementary (Virginia) struggles with heart disease and tells her students that “Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.” Her “Read and Ride” program allows students to take turns reading while exercising on the classroom’s donated stationary bikes and treadmill. The project has made a tremendous impact on her classroom, especially her “hesitant readers” who may not have enjoyed reading in the past, but do love exercise. These days, all her students are so excited about reading that she finds they are “literally racing through books and making healthy choices daily.”
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign is helping schools get kids moving too. Check out this video to see how Provo School District (Utah) and Let’s Move! are encouraging students to adopt healthier lifestyles.
For more information, visit www.letsmove.gov/