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Health Confidence and Success

By
Lindsey Youness,   Bentley Middle School
Play:
In-Class Physical Activity Breaks — Good For Mind and Body
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Health Confidence and Success
The student team meets with the Program Advisor once or twice a month, to talk health initiatives, goals, and what is working with our school. They come up with health and fitness activities to do on Fitness Fridays and on the half day physical activity assemblies, which we host. The students are becoming leaders and role models, and you can just see the confidence beaming off of them. They are helping to lead the activities in the rooms, putting up signage in the hallways and displays, and are just excited to show their classmates ways to be physically and emotionally healthy. Their positivity has been contagious!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students help to lead the activities in the Fitness Friday rooms alongside a staff member. They do Groove, Yoga, Open Gym, Hallway Laps (this will move outdoors to the track when the weather warms up), and Mindfulness Activities. The teachers are on board to have this every Friday (the last 35 minutes of the school day)! The student team meets with the Program Advisor to come up with the plans and then we share out.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students are more active at school. More students are participating in after school activities and sports. There have actually been try-outs this year because the number of kids participating has increased.

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

It is built into our schedule that we have Fitness Fridays, our half day assemblies are physical activity driven, and the students have recess at lunch time. We have support school-wide, to make physical activity important. We are also making it a goal to incorporate in-class physical activity breaks with guided videos to break up longer lessons.