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Fitness for Life

anthony Vitale,   Roosevelt Middle
Physical Activity Participation
Fitness for Life

Our main focus in the Physical Education department at Roosevelt Middle School is to improve our students' levels of both health and overall fitness. We accomplish this by having students participate in a 10 minute fitness circuit at the beginning of each class. This fitness circuit consists of a variety of exercises and stretches that change bi-monthly and increase in difficulty as the year progresses. One of the fitness stations we've been able to add through a grant awarded by Fuel Up to Play 60 is the kettle bell station. This year, the kettle bells have become one of students favorite equipment to use and has drastically improved our students overall strength and endurance. This is evident by their improvement in performance of certain exercises and also individual fitness scores. In addition to our 10 minutes of fitness, our school has begun implementing monthly fitness breaks where students take a break from academics for a few minutes in order to participate in a fitness activity.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Our Physical Education department has seen improvements in our students’ health and skill-related fitness levels. This is evident by the students' fitness test scores and skill performance. Students have also become more aware of their fitness levels. Through the use of a monthly fitness calendar, they are showing how they incorporate activities outside of school in order to improve their level of fitness.