Mornings in Motion

A Good Idea

Description

The goal of Mornings in Motion is to incorporate high quality and structured physical activity into the school day. Pilot school Willow Brook Elementary partnered with a local fitness instructor to design a 30-minute morning routine, 2-5 times per week. The program takes place in the school gymnasium before the school day begins, so that no valuable instruction time is lost. During these morning routines, up to 300 children engage in constant motion through plyometrics, cardiovascular endurance, cross lateral movements, and dynamic stretching.

The pilot program targeted children attending Willow Brook Elementary in Oak Ridge, TN and has expanded to several school systems. The program is adaptable to any grade level. With Mornings in Motion, every child is moving and is able to be successful, regardless of their personal fitness level or athletic ability.

Goal / Mission

The goal of Mornings in Motion is to incorporate high quality and structured physical activity into the school day.

Results / Accomplishments

Since the inception of Mornings in Motion, Willow Brook Elementary has seen an 8% reduction in overweight/obesity, from 39% in 2007 to 31% in 2011. Morning in Motion schools report that attendance has increased and that children now see that being healthy can also be fun.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Devin Driscoll
Next Level Training
11210 Outlet Drive, Suite 8-9
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-789-2830
Devin.driscoll1@gmail.com
http://www.nextleveltraining.net/fitkid/
Categories
Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Health / Children's Health
Education / School Environment
Organization(s)
Next Level Training
Source
Challenge.gov
Date of implementation
2008
Location
Tennessee
For more details
http://healthylivinginnovation.challenge.gov/submi...
Target Audience
Children

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