Move to Learn Program Visits West Elementary School

Wednesday, students at West Elementary School got to meet a man who’s become a celebrity in Mississippi classrooms.

It’s a school fitness program that’s sweeping the state. Move to Learn produces five minute exercise videos for teachers as a way to re-energize and refocus students during a long lesson. Coach Larry Calhoun of Move to Learn says, "We don’t still drive the Model T, so why would we still educate the way we did back in the 1930s or 40s?"

Wednesday, Calhoun visited West Elementary in Gulfport and the kids couldn’t have been happier to see him. The Move to Learn program is four years old and it gets a tremendous response. Kenny Hudson, Principal of West Elementary, says, "Our school has fully incorporated Move to Learn and Calhoun is famous, as you can hear the kids behind me, they know who he is."

Research shows the more exercise a student gets, the better his or her grades are likely to be, and studies of Mississippi students have shown increased fitness was directly associated with better behavior and less absenteeism. Calhoun closes, "What we’re doing now we hope will transcend time, such that 25 years from now, these children will remember these experiences in a very positive light."

Move to Learn not only provides teachers with exercise break videos, but also lesson plans incorporating fitness and nutrition lessons. The program has visited 150 schools statewide, reaching nearly 74,000 children. Those involved with the program hope engaging children with fun, high energy exercises will move them towards a healthier lifestyle in the future.

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