Day 13 – Fitter than a 5th grader

13 01 2010

Mr. Linville, the P.E. teacher at my kids’ school, hosted a challenge tonight to let parents test their fitness level with the assessment program he uses for grades 3-5. (Check out FitnessGram at: http://www.fitnessgram.net/programoverview/)

Good news: I am as fit as a 17-year-old girl. I’m pretty sure I’m more fit than I was in 5th grade too. While our children counted for us, we had to do 20 meter laps across the gym paced by a recorded tape with music and bells to signal that you should turn around.

At 40 laps I was feeling today’s earlier 4.3-mile run – at least that was a good excuse for stopping. Then 40 curls/modified sit-ups and 20 push-ups followed to safely earn my certificate!

It was fun to see what the kids do each quarter for this progress report. Anna is proudly in the “healthy zone” for 3rd graders. The teacher gave a great slide presentation about rising obesity rates in the U.S. over the past several decades. (See Day 12’s nasty soda link for related info…) He’s doing his part to teach kids (and now their parents) about being active and eating right. With limited recess and P.E. time,  lunches — not to mention the nasty sodas — today’s kids need more Mr. Linvilles and parents on their side.

I hope that my own kids see Scott and I exercising as a regular way of life. (Yet another good reason for this project of mine…) My own parents ate healthy foods and my dad loved being active when he had time, but they certainly didn’t incorporate regular exercise into their days.

We are lucky to live in Colorado where the sun almost always shines and so many people are into fitness and health. (We are almost always near or at the bottom of those obesity charts.) There are so many runners, races and health-conscious people here, that you are inspired by friends and neighbors.

On a national level, it’s frightening, but we can at least control what happens in our own homes and be role models for our fitter-than-a-fifth-grader kids.

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