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Kentucky CSH Fitness Lab Keeps Kids Moving
The Kentucky Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health (CSH) Team partnered with the National School Board Association and the Kentucky School Board Association to sponsor a $1000 mini-grant to four school districts in the state to implement a Coordinated School Health Project. The four school districts had to submit an application to be considered for participation. Requirements for participation in the project included: a district wellness or school health council consisting of the superintendent or designee, a school board member, the district health coordinator, and at least two other staff members; data obtained from the completion of the School Health Index or similar assessment tool; commitment of project objectives and activities through the completion of one action plan related to improving their district wellness policy, as well as three other action plans that would align with the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP); and integration of school health into their CDIP.
Burgin Independent School District was one of the four districts who applied for, and participated in, the mini-grant project. One of their action plan objectives was to increase physical activity opportunities for students during the school day. One way in which they accomplished this objective was by developing a fitness lab for elementary and middle school students, which they modeled after another school in Kentucky. They used the $1000 to help pay for some of the equipment in the fitness lab. Students participate in the lab once a week for 30 minutes. The lab includes stations that students rotate through during the 30 minutes – yoga, step aerobics, hopscotch, the standing long jump, weight lifting, and Dance Dance Revolution. The labs are scheduled at a time of day when students need a break from regular classroom work. Students are excited and enjoy participating in the labs. The district hopes that incorporating more physical activity will improve student’s health, as well as increase their focus and academic performance.