School Fitness Program
A unique radio controlled digital timing device is provided free of charge to schools. Students are timed as they run courses of varying lengths ranging from 40 yards to a mile. Runners will be timed continually by allowing at least five seconds between each other, provided there is no passing on the course. Each child learns his own time with just a quick glance at the jumbo digital display at the finish line. Students strive to improve their personal times over the school year. At the end of the school year, students receive certificates of award based on their best times in at least four of the following events: mile (3rd grade+), 880 yards/800 meters, 440 yards/400 meters, 220 yards/200 meters, 100 yards, 100 meters, 40 yards, presidential shuttle run, 100 yard zigzag, 100-yard basketball dribble or 80 yard ladders.
Schools can also earn financial rewards. Depending on the percentage of students participating in the program, schools can receive up to $2000.00
School Fitness Program Benefits
After participation in the program, students return to the classroom in calmer moods and with better concentration. Self-esteem improves as students take pride in improving their performances. Excessive pounds are lost and physical fitness increases dramatically.
The American Heart Association, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and other health-related organizations have researched the differences between children who engage in regular cardiovascular exercise and those who do not. The association's research shows that 60 minutes of daily "vigorous physical activity" produces benefits such as weight control, decreased blood pressure, an increase of HDL ("Good" cholesterol), reduced risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer, and improved emotional well-being, including increased self confidence and self-esteem.
The Heart Association recommends,
All children age 2
and older should participate in at least 30 minutes of
enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activities that
are developmentally appropriate and varied.