District Launches Elementary Wellness Initiative Pilot Program
Plainville Community Schools announces the launch of a new "Elementary Wellness Initiative" pilot beginning this month at all three elementary schools. The scientific research and warnings from the medical establishment regarding the level of inactivity among children in this country has become undeniable and alarming. The organization "Every Body Walk" has produced a short documentary film (http://everybodywalk.org/documentary/) that very clearly outlines these issues. In addition, research in learning and brain functioning has clearly demonstrated that children are more attentive, engaged and ready to learn when they have opportunities to move around.
In an effort to address the overall wellness of students, the school district has developed a plan to create additional periods of time throughout the day when all students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be engaged in physical activities planned by each school's Physical Education teachers. Further, each school will have additional trained staff on hand during lunch periods to address nutrition and making healthy choices.
Each Plainville elementary school formed a committee to create, launch and support the Elementary Wellness Initiative pilot, which provides an opportunity to test and adjust the program as needed before it is fully implemented during the next school year. The goal of the program is to provide 60 minutes of physical activity each day, broken into short 10 â€" 20 minute durations including two wellness blocks, a recess-lunch block, and activities as students arrive to school each day. A portion of that physical activity will be incorporated into Art, Music, Physical Education and Library.
This is an extremely important initiative for our students. We are committed to developing an understanding among Plainville's elementary age children of the need to be active and make healthy choices," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Kitching. "Healthy and physically active children are more prepared to learn and the habits we hope to develop in our students will benefit them long after their time in our classrooms."
-Posted on May 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM
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