My students need a portable iPod dock that is loud enough to be used outside during dance and fitness activities, but can also be used inside the fitness lab.
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Childhood obesity is one of the most daunting challenges facing young people today. Making fitness accessible and fun is necessary if we are to compete with the lure of video games and other sedentary lifestyle choices.
My students are 7th and 8th grade students attending a low income elementary school in Los Angeles County.
More than 40% of our students were unable to pass the Fitnessgram requirements for healthy students. Because many students are overweight and in poor physical condition, many do not enjoy physical activity or choose to be physically active outside of PE class.
Pairing music with physical activity is one way to motivate students to more fully participate in physical activity. A quality, portable sound system will allow me to incorporate music in outside activities, promote dance activities as part of the physical fitness curriculum, and allow me to bring music into our fitness lab. I am currently working on a schedule to allow our school fitness lab (exercise room) to be available to students during school breaks and after school. Music will undoubtedly capture the interest of students and promote wider participation in fitness activities.
If we do not engage students early and show them that exercise can be enjoyable, obesity rates will continue to rise, diminishing the quality of life for our students and increasing health care and other related costs in the future.
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