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Changing the Mindset of What Fitness Is

Kristeen Muth,   Rainwater El
The Power Behind the Play
Physical Activity Participation
This year, the students heard the word "fitness" and thought of nothing but weight room type work-outs. Noticing how turned-off they were to the idea of fitness, I decided to create a trial club call Run, Fun, and Fitness, where students voluntarily came and played games! The games played in this club are games that the kids could play anywhere! The club had a small turnout at first, but once word spread that we played games, the club grew! After each game, we talk about how our hearts are racing and how out body is perspiring and how playing games can be a great form of fitness. Fitness doesn't have to be scary. Fitness can be FUN!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

I am going to keep this club as a volunteer basis. The students can join and leave as they please. I haven't had a student leave the club yet, but this will open the doors for more students to see how much fun fitness can be.

How did you accomplish your goals?

I let the word spread through the kids voices. Letting the kids have a voice and tell others if the club is worth it or not has really changes a lot of student's opinions on fitness.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I never advertised the club outside of my student advisers. We came up with the concept and they executed it with the power of their voice and persuasion.