Test Your Fitness Acumen Along with Chicago Youth during Project Fit Benchmark Day
WHAT: Students ages 5 through 12 will measure their fitness through Project Fit America, a two-year program using specially designed cardiovascular equipment and curriculum to combat pediatric obesity and promote positive fitness habits through exercise for a lifetime. Monkey bar rotations, rope climbs and cup-stacking exercises are just a handful of the exercises that will keep Chicago-area students moving to a healthy beat all day. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System, has sponsored more than one dozen schools in the last decade through Project Fit America program grants. This year John Mills Elementary School is the Gottlieb Project Fit grant recipient. WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 30 8:30 a.m. â 3 p.m. John Mills Elementary School 8201 West Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707 Media must contact Stasia Thompson in advance at (708) 417-5036. WHO: Kathy Crawford, Project Fit national exercise physiologist instructor, will help more than 200 elementary school students and their physical education teachers learn new physical exercise techniques that will be used daily throughout the next two years. On Tuesday, studentsâ performance will be charted and used to establish benchmarks and strategies for progress. The specially designed permanent outdoor equipment stations and a series of indoor exercises will be used to determine each childâs current fitness levels. The students will use the exercises throughout the next two school years, and beyond, and Loyola will document and analyze their progress. WHY: âThis next generation of Americans will be the first to not live longer than their parents, primarily due to the complex negative effects of obesity, including juvenile diabetes, cardiac stress and respiratory conditions,â said Dr. Jessica Bartfield, who specializes in weight management and nutrition at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and oversees the Project Fit initiative.