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Stepping Up for Fitness

Jane Sutphin,   Crescent Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation
This is our 4th year for participating in the 100 Mile Club at Crescent Elementary. Our 5th graders are wearing pedometers to track their steps as they try to reach 100 miles during the school year. For most students this program has been just the thing to light the fire under the students to work hard at being more physically active during physical education. As part of the program, our school is also participating in the Billion Mile Race. We have a poster in the gym that we track our miles on weekly. The 5th grader who logs the most steps during the week has their name added to the poster with their step count. Our goal for the year is 11,000 miles, and we are nearly at the midway point of achieving that goal.

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

The greatest challenge to the program is losing PE time to other activities that fall during the 5th grade's PE time.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I chose the goal of 11,000 steps, and the students have worked on ways to keep moving, even during instructional time, to build their step count.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The biggest improvement I have seen is that I have finally found a program that is inspiring, even for my students who aren't enthusiastic about moving. I'll find out in April with the spring fitness test if students have managed to up their fitness levels especially for the pacer test.