Friday, April 29, 2016

Exercise in the Classroom




                      Jump, Jive an' Wail

   Are your students sitting at their desks most of the day? Now is the time to refresh a classroom routine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015), schools have a responsibility to launch programs and procedures that encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).

   Over the past 30 years, childhood and adolescent obesity numbers continue to increase in the US. So, implementing a school-wide program that instructs students in healthy eating and physical activity behaviors is highly recommended.

   Well, that sounds good, but how can all this exercise be done in a classroom within an 8 hour day?  Do we have the space for all that?  The fact is, the physical activity doesn't have to be long or even require much space. A few minutes break each hour can help your students to feel better and may even help some students remain focused in their next study or task. This simple process of encouraging fun and frequent routines in physical movement may also help your students develop healthy habits for later in life.





I Like to Move It, Move It.


Resources for Exercise in the Classroom

Take-a-Break-Teacher-Toolbox
   A 152 paged handbook about ways to engage high school students in activity during the day.

ABC Manual
  A 73 paged resource for  teachers of elementary school students to include activities such as Morning Routine, The 12 Days of Fitness, Sports Galore, Wiggles, and more.

Activity Cards for the Classroom
   Twenty six pages of activity cards, including Loopy Laps, Partner Twists, Tree Pose, Skate in Place, directions for a Classroom Workout Circuit and more.

Kids Need Exercise for Good Health
   A two paged lesson for elementary school children on the benefits of exercise.

Kids Health in the Classroom
   A six paged lesson for elementary students includes activities such as Playing is Winning, Fitness How-To, quiz, web links and more.

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(2015). Healthy school: Childhood obesity facts. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm

Katz, D. (2008). ABC for fitness. Retrieved from http://www.davidkatzmd.com/docs/abcmanual.pdf

Lincoln Middle School 5210 Committee.(n.d.) Motor breaks in the classroom.
Retrieved from http://www.letsgo.org/wp-content/uploads/Activity_Cards_for_the_Classroom.pdf

The Children's Health Fund. (2000). Kids need exercise for good health. Retrieved from
http://www.childrenshealthfund.org/sites/default/files/publications/HBLPexercise.pdf

The Colorado Education Initiative. (n.d.). Take a break! Teacher's toolbox for secondary school. Retrieved from http://www.coloradoedinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CEI-Take-a-Break TeacherToolbox.pdf

The Nemours Foundation. (2015). Kid's health. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/classroom/3to5/personal/fitness/fitness.pdf

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