As our country continues to fight the obesity problem, schools are developing programs that keep kids interested in exercising. Joining with the Philadelphia Phillies, one school handed out rubber wristbands s to promote exercising like the pros do.
As reported on PhillyBurbs.com: “A gym teacher for 15 years, Castner said he’s observed activity levels decline as video game use increases. What hasn’t changed is how kids idolize professional athletes, he said.
“The message is, you can’t be LeBron James or Chase Utley if you don’t do the work,” Castner said.
After an instruction on warm-up techniques, the students split into two groups and tackled a series of exercises to improve balance, strength, agility and endurance. The session wrapped up with nutritional tips emphasizing eating in moderation and opting for nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.
Each student was given a Phillies water bottle, rubber wristbands and book of tips and drills by Scott Sheridan, the team’s head athletic trainer. The school got a Phillies Phitness banner to display in the gymnasium.
The program is designed to be challenging but fun, according to Bobby DiLullo, NovaCare’s vice president of operations. He said the trick is the interactive nature of the exercises.