We have been quite impressed with the fitness programs that have been popping up at Green Ribbons Schools across the country in the past couple years. With obesity rates on the rise, and outdoor playtime being cut in homes and at schools, we feel it is important to give kids as many opportunities as possible to get outside and get fit.
One way that we have seen many schools incorporating fitness activities in their schools is through “Mile Clubs.” Take a look and see how these schools have implemented these programs at their schools. We hope it inspires you to get moving at your school too!
in Katy, Texas
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 participate in a Mile Club on a weekly basis, weather permitting. The purpose of the Mile Club is to help students improve their cardiovascular system. Student laps are recorded and at the end of their class, they sign their names on the Mile Club poster they have earned. Mile Clubs include one, three, five, seven and ten miles.
in Keller, Texas
The Morning Mile is a program where students come before school, 7:15-7:45, and can run or walk as much as they want. A track has been measured and marked. 4 laps equal a mile. For every 5 miles, the student receives a charm. We promote this on the morning announcements, our campus webpage and the classroom webpage. Parents and siblings are invited to walk with the students. The activity is run by a parent volunteer with support from other volunteers. During the 2011-2012 school year Willis Lane Elementary students ran/walked a total of 6,252 laps,which is 1,588 miles.