Exercise to Achievement

In 2014, we began a new chapter in the Tri 4 Schools story.  Parents, teachers, and community organizations have brought their passion for healthy kids and active schools together with us to form the Exercise to Achievement™ program, which is now in its third year!

This program is proudly presented by our friends at UnityPoint Health – Meriter!

 

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What is Exercise to Achievement™?

This is an eight week program that helps kids train for one of our triathlons while focusing on the mental benefits of being active.  Teachers and parents from each sitewill lead groups of elementary and middle school-aged kids through lessons of swimming, biking, running, and strength conditioning, with a social/emotional component accompanying each week.  Each week also incorporates a nutrition lesson and handout, with healthy snacks served at each class.

Are there any programs offered during the summer?

These sites are training for our Sun Prairie and Middleton triathlons over the summer months:

  • Sun Prairie triathlon training
    • Prairie Athletic Club and Westside Elementary – takes place Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-5pm (PAC) or 3:15-4:45pm (Westside) from May 16 through July 6.
  • Middleton triathlon training program –  REGISTRATION OPEN! Register here.
    • Harbor Athletic Club – takes place on Monday and Wednesday from 12:30-2pm June 20-August 15.  Space is limited to 30 students per group (beginner/intermediate, and intermediate/advanced).
    • Which group is right for your child? Check out the Group Criteria for Harbor E2A document.

Which schools are eligible? Can my school start one?

Any elementary or middle school that has the appropriate staffing can start a chapter, though we are limited to a maximum of 16 sites per year at this time.

If you are interested in getting a program started at your school or community center, please contact our Director, Katie Hensel, at katie@tri4schools.org.

What will my child learn?

Our curriculum has been compiled by experts such as physical education teachers, triathlon/swimming coaches, the Red Cross (swimming), Safe Routes to School (biking), the Wisconsin Bike Federation, and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  All lessons focus on safety first, as well as pace, endurance, hydration, skill development, and basic nutrition.

We partner with our friends at UnityPoint Health – Meriter and Dean & St. Mary’s on our nutritional content and activities.

Aside from the physical aspects of our curriculum, we have one social emotional component per week, as well as journal entries to help kids internalize their goals.  We also have nutritional handouts and games, and several guest speakers – from pro triathletes to para-athletes to give kids the whole picture on being healthy.

Our social/emotional topics are:

  • Courage

  • Perseverance

  • Respect

  • Sportsmanship
  • Judgment

  • Enthusiasm

  • Integrity

  • Confidence

How can I find out more?

For more on the program or to get involved, please contact our Director, Katie Hensel, at katie@tri4schools.org.  You can also call our main phone number at 608-845-9879.

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4 Responses to “Exercise to Achievement”

  1. Jamie Breininger February 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm Permalink

    My kids and I ran in the Verona area Tri4schools mud run last year (one day for the kids, the next day for the adults) and wanted to participate again this year. I can not seem to get onto the website and see available dates and times though. Can you clarify dates and times for me please?
    Thank you
    Jamie Breininger

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