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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.5

Recess Before Lunch Can Mean Happier, Healthier Kids

Recess follows lunch almost as predictably as four follows three, because it always has been that way. Principals who have put recess first, though, have noticed children eat more and behave better after lunch. Administrators also describe some strategies for making the change to recess before lunch.

For centuries, recess has followed lunch with the consistency and predictability of one season following another. Lunch-recess is part of the natural order of the education universe, with recess secure in its place.

More administrators, though, are starting to challenge that static schedule. Some principals who moved recess before lunch discovered that not only do students eat more and waste less food, but behavior improved and teachers gained instructional time.

Read the full article on Education World.

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Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit

Larry Larson, principal of North Cache 8-9 Center in Richmond, Utah, has been doing his best to promote physical activity and proper nutrition at his school for teachers, students, staff members, and parents. Larson set up donated fitness equipment in the school for after-school physical activity, and gave all teachers a pedometer as part of the schools Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit program. Each teacher sets his or her own goal for the number of steps walked in any given week. The program has been so successful that students regularly check in with their teachers to find out how many steps they have recorded. As a result of this comprehensive healthy school environment, students have set their own physical activity and nutrition goals. The current fitness center was slated to be replaced with all new equipment in 2003.

More than 95 percent of the faculty and 100 percent of the administration participated in the initial program. Four classes (135 students) participated directly in the beginning program, and interest quickly spread to the entire school as incentives were provided for active participation of the general student body. Classes presented three major assemblies to help their peers understand what getting fit really looks like.

Read more about this program at: Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit .

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