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New fitness program gets kids moving in P.E. class
Staying active is an important part of being a healthy kid. Public schools in Connecticut are trying something new to get students moving. And it's working.
NBC'S Brad Drazen explains.
They're quickening the pace in P.E. class using technology that's notorious for slowing kids down.
"The kids aren't doing as much activity outside so they feel with interaction on the wall, video-type stuff, the kids will participate a lot more."
This is the Hop Sports Fitness program being implemented across the New Britain public schools this year thanks to a $1 million federal grant.
Hard driving music and video screens are part of every aspect of the prgram.
Veteran P.E. teacher Bill Candelori says interaction is the key to success.
"They don't realize they're doing the basic warmup we used to do, and the basic fitness drills we used to do. they think they're playing but they're getting a great workout."
Hop sports includes demonstrations of all the strength, agility and balance drills. And these 7th graders at Slade Middle School bought into the program from the first day.
"More people participate in gym class now. They like it more."
"If they see everyone else is doing it, then they'll join in too and they'll like it."
The thinking is that greater participation here will translate to higher fitness scores next fall.
"100 percent the scores will go up because of the overall involvement and enjoyment."
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