Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
Perry Township Schools is committed to nurturing the whole child. In addition to academic success we invest in our students’ emotional and physical well-being.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity affects approximately 12.7 million children and adolescents. Kids who struggle with obesity also have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, joint problems and breathing issues such as asthma and sleep apnea. Experts also point out risks aren’t exclusively physical; there are psychological concerns including anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
Physical fitness is an important part of our curriculum. We offer physical education courses to our students, and we ensure younger children are given time for recess. Healthy habits are more likely to stick when the family gets involved and encourages one another.
Our P.E. teachers gave parents and caretakers a glimpse into the district’s P.E. classes last week, when they invited the community to attend a fitness expo, which featured many of the activities that our students do in class each day.
We were so thrilled with the crowd that came out to support the evening of interactive fun, which included juggling, cup stacking, hula hooping and other physical activities. Not every activity has to be intense to be beneficial. It was so much fun to see families come together to focus on wellness.
The fitness expo came just days before Every Kid Healthy Week, the nationwide annual observance created by Action for Healthy Kids to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Observed the last week of April each year, this special program highlights the great efforts schools are doing to improve the health and wellness of students. The organization also emphasizes the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning. Proponents say healthy kids learn better.
We encourage everyone in our Perry community to make healthy choices this week and beyond. As adults, it’s our responsibility to lead by example. You don’t have to join a health club or invest in costly fitness equipment. Wellness exercises can be as simple as learning a few basic stretches that you can do at work, home or outside.
You can explore sports leagues – for kids or adults – that compete on weekends. You can also set aside a few minutes a couple of days each week to walk around your block or neighborhood park. We make choices every day that either help or hinder our wellness. Let’s cheer on the Perry community for doing its part to help our kids live healthier lives.