California naval air station schools open high-tech fitness rooms for kids

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hundreds, if not thousands, of NAS Lemoore elementary school students face a fitter, fuller future with the introduction of two new indoor ‘Healthy Fitness’ facilities on the campuses of Akers and R.J. Neutra schools. Courtesy of an $800,000 Department of Defense grant, the schools have been able to build indoor workout centers and re-designate accredited full-time physical education teachers to facilitate the fitness fun.

At Akers School, the Healthy Fitness Zone occupies what were formerly home economics and special education classrooms. Stripped of fixtures, except for a solitary electric range that was once used by home econ students to cook meals for special occasions, the rooms have been opened up into modular exercise spaces, painted and floored with soft, grey carpeting. Approximately 30-40 of the school’s youngest students will use the fitness center in a classroom setting while older students are encouraged to use it during free time.

Bedecked with pristine high-tech gaming systems designed to motivate and get kids moving, the facility is divided into two fitness zones capable of giving kids a seriously fun workout. Capable of multiple, simultaneous activities, the zones are one important tool in local educators’ arsenals to help meet California state mandates of at least 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days for students in grades 1-6.

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