JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 school hopes to improve the fitness level and nutritional knowledge of their students through an after-school program.
Greene County Tech’s “Get Eagle Fit” not only motivates kids to live healthy lifestyles but also includes their parents.
The after-school program is designed for kids between the ages of 10 and 13.
The group meets with a certified trainer twice a week to workout.
Parents are required to go to a nutritional class once a week.
The idea is to teach the kids, who are at a time in their life when their body is changing, awareness in regards to exercise and food.
The program has partnered with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center for help with the nutrition classes.
AMMC also purchased wrist-based heart monitors for the kids to wear during the workouts.
Gia Taylor, a physical education teacher at Greene County Tech Elementary School, is excited about what the monitors mean for students and their health.
“What’s so great about them is that they light up different colors depending on what heart rate zone they’re in,” said Taylor. “When they’re in their max zone it will light up one color when they’re in a moderate zone it will light up a different color.”
The watches provide instant feedback for the kids and instructor.
They also have the ability to send information from the kids' workouts to their parents so that they can monitor their children’s progress.
The program will last four months. They currently have 13 participants.