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Stepping Up and Stepping Out With Our Monday Morning Fitness Club

Maria Woods,   Postma Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork

Over the course of this school year, we have had the opportunity to invite over 50 students to participate in our Monday Morning Fitness Club. This club met every Monday morning for about an hour before school to compete against and with each other in high intensity and high cardio exercises. On sunny days we would go outside and run the track, on rainy days we would stay in the gym and play high cardio games such as Mat Ball. The students and coaches all agreed to wear a pedometer to track our steps during that hour, and the student with the highest steps for that week would get awarded the weekly toe tag for the most steps! Also, when kids would reach a certain mile marker they got to sign a poster for the whole school to see! So far, we have a combined step count for year of over 576,000 steps! That is over 288 Miles. To end our fitness program, the principal has asked us to participate in our End of the Year Show Case event for the community and students. Here we will perform our high intensity 15 minute line dance routine we have been working on. At Postma Elementary we are proud to be a part of the Marathon Kids Play and Fuel Up to Play 60 program. This doesn't just teach us about eating healthy and being active, it also shows us how to motivate and encourage each other so we can all be healthy together!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Both the coaches and students agreed at the beginning of the program to wear pedometers to track our steps. This pushed all of us to work harder and give 100 percent every day. Everyone knew they were competing against each other to get the "Highest Step Count" award for the most steps that week! Also, we found teamwork and motivation occurring when a student or coaches didn't feel like running, we would see others running next to them and encouraging them to keep going!

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

Our program started at the beginning of the year, and will last all the way to the end. Both coaches have promised to track steps through the summer, and many students have come to us with their own pedometers and promises to track steps along with us. Although we won’t be together for the summer, we hope to find out at the beginning of next school year who was our “Star Summer Stepper”!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen many students with their own pedometers around school. They are showing us they want to track their activity levels and they are excited about excising! Also, we have seen many students at recess utilizing the track instead of the swings! Many kids are racing each other or competing with their very own pedometers. Another thing we see is students coming up to us during P.E. showing us their steps and trying to "beat" the coaches by the end of P.E.!