I am the superintendent for a relatively small school system in the northeastern area of the country.
- For the majority of the Springtime semester, the weather is gelid, rainy, snowy and downright awful.
There truly is no option but to spend the majority of time indoors. The youth become far more sedentary. They tend to stand in front of television screens and iPad screens. Despite attending gym class, our youth were not getting nearly enough exercise. We’ve taken all sorts of measures to improve the nutritional value of the food the bunch of us offer and items available in the vending machines, but most youth tend to bring their own snacks to school. I often spot youth eating cookies, candy, cupcakes and donuts. They basically always drink sugary soft drinks with their meals. The majority of our youth happen to be overweight and are at risk of extreme health problems. Completely unwilling to stand back and do nothing, I tried educating the parents. I offered evening classes centered around nutritional learning. I brought in a certified fitness trainer to speak about this topic and share information. At one of these meetings, a parent asked about offering various fitness classes to the students as a big part of an after-school program. I wasn’t really sure how a well this free program would be taken in by the youth at our school. I was completely surprised when the bunch of us had such a high enrollment in the fitness program that the bunch of us needed to divide the youth by age. The bunch of us now have a personal trainer providing a successful fitness class after-school three afternoons a week. The youth show up in the gym and participate in all sorts of effective exercises. I am hoping to continue this fitness program and it would be great if we could expand upon it.