I am a Kindergarten teacher in Pittsburg, CA. Two years ago, our school was taken over by the state because our standardized test scores were not up to par. Our school staff has been committed to developing excellent academic programs for our students over the last several years. Despite the huge socio-economic and language barriers that our students face we decided do whatever it took to get our students to achieve at high levels. Our hard work has paid off and our students are now exceeding our expectations. We now have the highest standardized test scores in our school district and we have been nominated to become a "California Distinguished School". Yet, recently I have really become concerned with the state my student's health. After doing some testing of my student's physical motor skills, I realized that we now need to move forward in building an excellent physical education program for our kindergartners. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that "The prevalence of overweight among children aged 6-11 has more than doubled in the past 20 years, increasing from 7% in 1980 to 16% in 2002. Children and adolescents who are overweight are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. Overweight adults are at increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, and gallbladder disease. In addition, children who are overweight are at greater risk for bone and joint problesm, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatizationa dn poor self-esteem." (www.cdc.gov) Most of our students have families that are concidered to be "low income". Our school's budget which is funded by Title 1, is not able to provide for the quality sports equiptment which our students need to participate in the regular vigorous activity that is prescribed by the CDC to prevent obesity. I would love to be able to do a physical education unit called "Handling a Ball." My students would first learn skills such as: how to pass, dribble and kick balls. We would then transfer those skills into cardio activities, such as dribbling races, kick around the cone courses and passing drills. In order to do this we would need balls, a hand pump with needles, cones, and a place to store them. We would very much appreciate your help with learning to be healthy at a young age.
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