LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Some local elementary school students are staying active and getting healthy thanks to a pilot program at Hamilton Elementary School.
It’s a partnership with Gundersen Health System’s Minutes in Motion program.
That’s a free six week activity challenge meant to get people of all ages up and moving for 30 minutes a day.
At Hamilton, first graders are doing ten minutes of exercise in the classroom. Shelbey Hagen, Gundersen Office of Population Health Intern, comes to the class twice a week and does exercises and activities with the classroom.
“In the classroom it can be really easy for kiddos to lose focus. Just sitting down a lot is not something that they’re used to, so just get up and moving and get engaged. It really helps them kind of focus on the next task and the transition time in the classroom,” said Hagen.
“The kids love the program. They are so willing to interact. They always want to answer my questions. They seem really engaged. It seems to be really working here so I hope to continue it or have the department continue it in the future,” she added.
There are more than 3,800 participants in Minutes in Motion this year who so far have logged more than 2,376,000 minutes of activity.
To learn more about the program visit their website.