According to the Optimist website (http://www.optimist.org/), “Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs”.
Fit Kids Fit Future had the opportunity to present about our groundbreaking health and physical education curriculum to the Brothertown Optimist Club during their meeting on December 7th, 2016.
The Fit Kids Fit Future team started the presentation out by pointing out one common thing about our team, Waterville. The
pilot program for Fit Kids Fit Future started in Waterville and the members of the Fit Kids Fit Future team has either graduated from Waterville CSD, taught and retired from Waterville CSD or is stationed at Waterville CSD. The presentation then went on to introduce the problem at hand and why Fit Kids Fit Future was created;
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
- Tammy found kids wanting to get out of physical education class.
- In a test of 100 7th graders, we found that 78 of them could not do ONE pushup.
- Over the last 4 years, at Garage Gym, Josh has collected data on 200 individuals who are 50-60 years old. The results were shocking: The majority of people in the study suffered from back pain, poor posture, muscular imbalances and lack of basic nutrition knowledge.
The interactive part of the presentation was when we reviewed the components of both the Fit Kids Fit Future Physical Education and Health Curriculum and had three gracious volunteers to demonstrate a couple of the Universal Movements and the progressions associated with them.
We finished out the presentation with informing the group of what we have been up to and how we are continuing the movement of Fit Kids Fit Future beyond Waterville with continued talks with the United Way, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, hosting multiple professional developments at OHM BOCES, etc…
Fit Kids Fit Future would like to thank the Brothertown Optimist Club for inviting us to present about Fit Kids Fit Future. We would also like to congratulate Benjamin Petrie on being awarded the Youth Of The Month Award (December 2016).