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Eagles Get Fit at Warren Tech

By
Edward Anderson,   Warren Technical School
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Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Eagles Get Fit at Warren Tech
Students anticipate IPA’s and brain breaks and appreciate the value they bring. In many cases they are as motivated as their teachers and a mutual support system has developed. It appears more of our students are eating their much improved school lunches, including their vegetables. Behavior problems and absences are down in my class and positive peer leadership has developed.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We provided professional development and material support to teachers and staff. The inclusion of IPA’s became a required component of classroom lesson plans. Coordination through our student organizations and individual programs proved effective in disseminating information and support for their peers.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The problems of inactivity and their related health impacts is more pronounced in students identified as having special needs. Rates of obesity, diabetes, asthma and other afflictions are measurably higher among this group. Many of our students come to us with little awareness of these issues or strategies for positive change. Through increased classroom health related education and IPA’s we are meeting these challenges.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students anticipate IPA’s and brain breaks and appreciate the value they bring. In many cases they are as motivated as their teachers and a mutual support system has developed. It appears more of our students are eating their much improved school lunches, including their vegetables. Behavior problems and absences are down in my class and positive peer leadership has developed.