The researchers of this project addressed the problem of inactivity and obesity in children with a school-based intervention that was developed to instruct, motivate and inspire these children to become or stay active and eat healthy for a lifetime using the classroom setting because most children were seeing their physical educator only once a week (in the most inactive state in the US). This proactive wellness initiative specifically aimed to give students tools for gaining insight and experience to increase personal health and wellbeing. The program was easily adaptable to the community and public.
This program was initiated to create education and opportunities for equal and greater access to health related services; develop and promote programs addressing healthier lifestyles; develop program to obtain maximum use of school/church indoor recreational facilities; improve health education programs for all public school systems; increase emphasis on preventive health maintenance activities; create new cultural awareness of “wellness;” and increase levels of physical activity for a lifetime.
|Keywords:||Proactive Wellness, Movement in the Classroom, Physical Activity Integration|
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator, Exercise and Sport Science, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA
Clinical Coordinator, GATEP, HPER, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA