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No more couch potatoes

Catherine A. Cocchio
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to wiggle. I don’t like being called a couch potato.” Fellow student Alyssa Withington adds: “When I play school, I’m the gym teacher and we do exercises that build muscles and get ready to do sports. I like to skip, ride my bike, climb on the monkey bars and play grounder.”

Kindergarten students get 10 minutes of exer- cise daily wherever it fits into their flexible sched- ule.  Here,  the  biggest  problem  is  controlling the excitement factor. According to JK teacher, Kristin Vandersluis,  “It’s easier to handle when there’s an EA in the room.”

Dave Allin observes that there are “two kids in particular with remarkable changes in body size from last year to this. Maybe it’s just that they’re growing, but there is positive change. The kids seem more in tune with their bodies and under- stand that change is possible.”

“It  would be  interesting to  look  at  data on office  visits,” comments  Vice Principal,  Byron Hodgson. “I suspect there are fewer issues on the yard, partly because of intramurals.”

In the end, administrators won’t need statistics to judge the success of the program. All they’ll have to do is listen to students at play in the yard: “Five potato, six potato, COUCH POTATO NO MORE!”

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