5 Muscogee County Schools on SHAPE Honor Roll - WRBL

5 Muscogee County Schools on SHAPE Honor Roll

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1 in 3 children is now considered overweight or obese in the United States. The Georgia SHAPE program is trying to combat this problem by promoting physical activity and nutrition in schools. 5 Muscogee County schools were honored by the Governor's SHAPE program for their role in fighting childhood obesity.

Blackmon Road Middle schools is one the schools on that honor roll list. Richard Johnson, the physical education director at Blackmon Road said they encourage students to have fun in P. E. class so they will stay active for the rest of their lives.

Each P. E. class at Blackmon Road Middle school starts with exercises and stretching to build strength and endurance for the students.

Johnson says the exercise prepares students for the FITNESSGRAM test. This assessment is one of the criteria for landing a spot on the honor roll and Johnson say 100% of their students take the test. It measures for 5 areas of fitness including flexibility, endurance, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and body composition.

The staff focuses on preparing students to take fitness seriously, not just in middle school but for the rest of their lives.

"They tend to get a little careless with these exercises and kind of get into a routine going through the motions type thing with them so we always try to hit on it every time we have them come in and remind them how important it is and that if they continue it they'll see some progress," said Johnson.

He said their program is committed to teaching children to live an active and healthy lifestyle and is glad their commitment was recognized.

"We here at Blackmon Road take a lot of pride in everything we do here and we certainly take a lot of pride in our health and P. E. program so to be able to have that awarded to us is great," said Johnson.

Students at Blackmon Road Middle take P.E. up to 3 times a week for the entire school year. Johnson said they also teach sports like volleyball and basketball and even have tournaments among the P. E. classes.

The honor roll is broken up into three categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Blackmon Road Middle school received the Bronze honor with North Columbus and Muscogee Elementary schools. Hannan Magnet Academy and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary schools both were on the silver honor roll list.

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