Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Corning-Painted Post School District P.E. for Life

Written By: Joe Melillo

The Corning-Painted Post School District implemented a program much different than most schools.

Fighting Child Obesity
 

May 8, 2012

Corning (WENY) - Two thirds of American adults and almost a third of children are either overweight or obese. The U.S. Institute of Medicine issued a report saying schools are crucial in reversing the trend. Children spend half their waking hours and consume more than a third of their daily calories at school. The Corning-Painted Post School District implemented a program much different than most schools, and it seems to be working. These kids move like this everyday. As soon as the morning bell rings, kids at Erwin Valley Elementary School start exercising. Kim Mcnaney the students P.E. Teacher says the kids really get excited about it. says the kids

“Everyone has been excited about it especially the kids they love to come into the gym and move around and be active and our second grade teachers have been really supportive and outstanding they've enjoyed all of it too.”

For 20 minutes before class starts 2nd graders get active. It's called PE for life, and although its only been in C-PP schools for a year, the results have been positive. The Principal of Erwin Valley Elementary School has seen the difference in her students school work.

“We're really trying to focus on the that life long fitness components and try to have children be active and healthy and the PE for life we really try to have them be active every day and have physical education instruction on a daily basis.”

The concept goes beyond P-E and recess to teach kids about their bodies. Teacher show how to read Body Mass Index, heart monitors and good nutrition. Despite budget problems the district wants to keep this program going. C-PP Athletic Director, Jamie Harter says they are doing everything they can to keep P.E. For Life alive.

“When you eliminate staff you eliminate people good people doing positive things for kids and that's what I was worried about the entire time the principals got together and said this is a valuable resource were going to keep it and we're going to make it a go. So I'm pretty proud of the entire staff.”

C-PP's goal is to implement PE for Life for every student at every grade level.