Hunterdon Healthcare Donates 200 Pedometers to Support High Bridge Elementary School’s Daily Mile Challenge
Pictured in the back row: Tamra Campanella, Administrative Director, Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers, Emma Alparone, High Bridge Elementary School Vice Principal and Lisa Fallon, Director of Special Services for High Bridge School District pose with students from the High Bridge Elementary School proudly showing their pedometers donated by Hunterdon Healthcare.
Hunterdon Healthcare donated 200 pedometers to help support High Bridge Elementary School’s new program, Daily Mile. The Daily Mile is meant to encourage physical movement breaks for all students in the elementary school to help improve concentration and increase blood flow.
Over the past couple of weeks, the school administrators have been collecting base line data regarding student behaviors during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to observe out of seat behavior, fidgeting in seat behavior and number of times the students need redirection from the teacher during that time. During the month of October, the school will start the Daily Mile routine in which the entire school will go outside from 10:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. each day and walk or run for the 15 minute period. The students will use the pedometers to measure their steps and see how far they can travel as compared to going to the moon or maybe another country. They plan to use their counted steps in math class for problem solving learning, in writing class to share social experiences and have a friendly competition among peers.
After a month of collecting data and measuring steps, the school will compare results to the baseline information collected to see if behaviors have been reduced. “It is great to get kids active at any age and help them to adopt healthy behaviors while they are young. We are pleased we could support this program for the High Bridge Elementary School students,” stated Tamra Campanella, Administrative Director, Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers.
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