Project Fit Program Details
To provide a platform for elementary school running programs that will encourage and develop youth fitness.
Provide detailed workouts and a Track in the Box supply kit for schools to execute an after school running program led by trained volunteer parent coaches and a Fleet Feet Certified Coach. Program materials are supplied at no cost to the school. T-shirts for every student are provided. Program is nominal fee of $12 dollars per student.
Complete program booklets that include warm up and cool down stretches, running form lessons for kids and coaches, and running games and strategies.
Sport log pages to track miles accumulated by each student.
Track in the Box supply kit with items such as cones, whistles, stop watch, balls, and jump rope.etc.
Free training seminar for volunteers or teachers who will lead programs.
Project Fit running program provides an emphasis on running games and challenge courses that include T&F themes such as running, throwing, long jump, etc. The program includes warm up and cool down drills and reviewing proper running technique. Schools would have the option to identify a parent volunteer to lead an after school program or a school could identify one school employee to lead it during the school day with the support of a Fleet Feet Certified Coach. The program culminates in the youth participating in a local race.
The lack of fitness is a leading problem in increased childhood obesity and the development of diabetes. According to the U.S. Center of Disease Control, in the next 15 years, Type 2 diabetes in adults will quadruple. Diabetes in youth is now considered one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S. In under privileged communities, children have the added burden of seeing no way out of their social situation and rarely get an opportunity to develop their potential physically, mentally, or emotionally.
Running programs promote fitness, discipline, team work, and responsibility. It helps kids feel good about themselves and it encourages others to join in the fun. Frequently when parents volunteer at the program, they become encouraged to increase their fitness and join their children in developing good health habits. This develops a love of fitness and sports that is dwindling in our current culture. The current President’s Physical Fitness Program has had to reduce its requirements from a generation ago!
Fleet Feet Sports stores nationwide sponsor the No Boundaries program targeting adults who want to learn to become athletic. The No Boundaries program had over 10,000 participants last year. Why wait until they have developed poor habits when we can influence their behaviors while they are young?
A reporter for National Public Radio recently interviewed elementary school administrators from Woodland Elementary School in Kansas, Mo where they expanded physical education to push student heart rates daily. Beyond the physical benefits they’ve seen, they saw aggressive behavior decrease and in-school suspensions drop a whopping 60%. John Ratey, a Harvard professor in clinical psychiatry, explains that exercise increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex. This inhibits the impulsivity coming from the emotional part of the brain helping kids think before they act. Research in adults has shown exercise can boost blood flow, which can lead to improved focus and attention. Ratey says researchers are just beginning to nail down the benefits in children.
Fleet Feet Sports Aptos is excited to provide this opportunity for your school with the assistance of a Wharf to Wharf community foundation grant. Program fee is $12. No child will be excluded from participating due to financial hardship. Scholarships are available.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request a program at your school site.