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DeSoto Schools Encourage Students to be Super-Fit

The DeSoto Parish School System is passionate about the health and well-being of the student body. The system has introduced an exciting new concept called “Super-Fit Kids.” The initiative introduces students, at an early age, to the importance of healthy living.

 

Initially, the program was piloted with primarily 5th grade students. However, the concept should soon spread into other elementary grades. One of the primary goals of the initiative is to assist students in recognizing the correlation between their personal choices and their overall health and well-being. This goes beyond the scope of a traditional physical education program.

 

“We simply want our kids to understand the link between their choices and their health,” said Dr. Cade Brumley, Superintendent. “It’s our way of supporting the battle against childhood obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other unnecessary ailments that could restrict a child’s potential.”

 

First, the district adopted a Physical Education curriculum that would encompass the overall concept of Super-Fit Kids.  The “Five for Life” model was adopted and teachers received professional development during the summers of 2014 and 2015. This model prepares student for a healthy lifestyle by giving them a solid foundation of how to improve their health in each of the five components of health-related fitness.  Understanding how activity and nutritional choices affect the balance of body composition, general long term health, and performance will empower students to make informed choices about their fitness and health.

 

The Super-Fit Kids program in DeSoto also has an after school component.  Different elementary and middle schools have initiated various after-school programs to encourage rigorous physical activity. For example, North DeSoto Upper Elementary has implemented an afterschool running club where over 150 students have participated. Many of these students now participate in community races. Mansfield Elementary School has started a Super-Fit dance club. Other schools are currently making decisions to see what options would be the most appealing to their students.

 

“I’m so thankful to our sponsors, coaches, and volunteers who are going above and beyond the normal day to help get our students moving and active,” said Dr. Brumley. “Our Super-Fit programs are only as good as the quality of leadership they’re given at each school.”

Students will be eligible to receive the designation of being a “Super-Fit Kid” by meeting certain individualized criteria. The students that meet the criteria will receive a “Super-Fit Kid” t-shirt at the end of the school year. The t-shirt is an incentive to encourage each student to take personal responsibility for their own health.

 

Mr. Clinton Fuller coordinates Super-Fit at the district level and has been instrumental in getting the initiative “off and running.” Should you desire more information for your child about DeSoto’s “Super-Fit” initiative or if you have an interest in being an after-school volunteer, please contact his office at 318.872.1198.

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