Morning Mile — Where Kids Get Fit September 9, 2012
Schools all over the country are kicking off their Morning Mile programs. Is your school part of this fitness movement? It’s a really simple program that infuses exercise into kids’ lives. It works like this: Students arrive at school and head right out to a track, field, or designated area at their schools. They run or walk laps and collect a straw after each completed lap. At the end of the event (typically lasting 30 minutes or so), they turn over their straws for a final count, and their laps are logged on paper. Some schools then transfer laps into a database that spits out awesome statistics. One Florida school, for example, launched a new Morning Mile program last week, and in just 4 days (no school on Labor Day Monday), a grand total of 2,483 laps / 496.6 miles were accomplished for about 45% of the student population. Awesome — and so fun for the students, who are awarded one necklace and then a charm every time they conquer 5 miles. Six kiddos at this school have already earned necklaces and their first charms.
Want to build a Morning Mile program at your school? Run on over the Morning Mile website for more information.