An afterschool program to help students in grades 3-8 interested in weight management.
Submitted by Teri Fithian, Baltimore, Maryland.
How We Started: At Colgate Elementary School we have started a fitness club to give our older students an opportunity to improve their physical fitness scores and to work on their weight management skills.
Our club meets twice a week after school and the members keep a record of their weekend workouts. This encourages them to have a minimum of three days a week of vigorous activity.
To be in the club, the students need to return a parental permission slip and at least one parent must attend a preliminary meeting to get a better understanding of our program.
Speading the Good News: The 10-week program is voluntary, but the parental involvement gives the child the extra ï¿½pushï¿½ he or she may need. The club members and parents have met with local newspapers and our Board of Education to explain the program and its benefits. The responses have all been positive and I can see that the program is growing!
Our Typical Workout:
1.) 5 minutes of warm-up – light stretching, aerobics, or jogging,
2.) 20 minutes of station work – dumbbells, abdominal curls, jump rope, push-ups, shuttle run
3.) 5 minutes of cool-down activities – stretching, plus nutritional handouts and other information.
This program has been a real benefit for our students! Our main objectives for the students include a stronger self-esteem, making new friends who have a common interest, and a better fitness level for the body and mind!