To Fight Childhood Obesity
Sen. Joe Markley along with Miss Connecticut, Emily Audibert will join physical education teacher Marcia Phelps and teachers from kindergarten to fifth grade at the Hatton School for a workshop on active classrooms.
Thursday, August 23 at 10:30 am in the Cafeteria Hatton School, Southington 50 Spring Lake Road.
Active Classrooms promote wellness in education by replacing the traditional desk and chairs with adjustable podiums that allow students to stand, kneel on mats or sit on big exercise balls.
"Kids need to move around during the day. The connection between body and mind is very important to successful learning," said Marcia Phelps. "As our awareness to childhood obesity increases we need to be proactive. Anytime we can help a child fight obesity we will win."
Senator Joe Markley added, "A healthy body equals a healthy mind –and good health is a benefit to our whole society."
"One in three children in America is overweight or obese; this is a dangerous epidemic that is in desperate need for attention and help," said Miss Connecticut, Emily Audibert.
Here’s a link to a recent story done on active classrooms in other states.
The active classroom is the idea of Mayo Clinic researcher Dr. James Levine, also the mastermind of an office of the future that encourages more movement from deskbound white-collar workers.