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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.7

Family Fitness Night a Popular School-Wide Event

Share Reaching students with the message about the importance of fitness isn't enough. Schools are going for the gold with events designed to bring in kids and their families too. Four teachers share different Family Fitness Night approaches.

"I was trying to figure out a fun way to get families involved, not only with their own children, but with the entire learning community of our school," Nancy Hennefer told Education World. "I wanted to do this while promoting physical activity. I also wanted to make them aware of the wonderful resource that was within one mile of the school's neighborhood -- a beautiful county park complete with a lake, amphitheater, hiking trail, Frisbee golf course, and volleyball courts, among other facilities."

Hennefer, a physical education teacher, organized her first school-wide "family campout" evening at Oak Grove Nature Center for students and families at Creekside Elementary School in Stockton, California. It was such a success that she carried the concept with her when she moved to a new school within the same district, Julia Morgan Elementary School. Although the park was nearby and offered abundant opportunities for physical activity, many students and their families had never been there.

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Exercise for At-Risk Kids

Instead of being sent to time-out, some misbehaving students in the http://www.wilson.wnyric.org/main.html"> Wilson (New York) Central School District get sent to time-in.

Teachers can refer students to a time-in lab, where they can work off some energy on a stationery bicycle attached to a Play Station and a video monitor. The faster students pedal, the faster their character in the game move.

An overall exercise program has been targeting at-risk students at the elementary and middle school level. Children come in before or after school for a 40-minute exercise session. The children all wear heart-rate monitors. Children warm up for ten minutes and then exercise vigorously for 20 minutes, with the goal of getting their heart rates up to between 135 to 175 heartbeats per minute. The children then cool down for ten minutes.

Teachers noted that behavior improved for many of these children, as did school performance. A number also lost weight.

Activities vary from day to day and they may also vary within the same session to insure that participants do not lose interest in the exercise program.

Read more about this program at: KEEP 57.

Click to learn more about Action for Healthy Kids.

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