In 2014, parents, teachers, and community organizations brought their passion for healthy kids and active schools together with us to form the Exercise to Achievement™ program, which completed its fourth year in 2017.
The Exercise to Achievement program is presented by our friends at UnityPoint Health – Meriter & Physician’s Plus!
Registration will begin in February or March 2018, depending on your site’s goal race.
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 and emotional benefits of being active. Teachers and volunteers from each site will 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, and mindfulness to start/end the session.
Which schools are eligible? Can my school start one?
Any elementary, middle school, or community center/health club that has the appropriate staffing can start a chapter, though we are limited to a maximum of 24 sites per year at this time. In 2018, we will continue to offer two different options for the Exercise to Achievement program – full and “lite.” The Lite program contains the same running, nutrition, and mindfulness curriculum, but meets once weekly (vs. twice) and does not include swim or bike lessons. For a comparison of these programs, you can review this document.
Interested sites should be able to provide the following resources:
- Two staff employed by the school for eight weeks between March and June depending on the race your school will complete
- Staff should be prepared to commit up to 6 hours per person per week for full programs, and 3 hours/week for Lite programs
- Staff should be present on race day – Waunakee is TBD but will be in May 2018, and Sun Prairie is June 23, 2018
For more information on which version might be best for your school or community center, please contact our Program Coordinator, Melissa, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any programs offered during the summer?
We have offered several training sites in the summer, which train to complete our Middleton kids triathlon in August. We will list confirmed summer 2018 training sites by May 1, 2018.
What will my child learn?
Our curriculum has been compiled by experts such as physical education teachers, triathlon/swimming coaches, healthcare professionals, the Red Cross (swimming), Safe Routes to School (biking), and the Wisconsin Bike Federation. 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 SSM Healthcare 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, as well as a pre-race visualization leading up to race day! We are honored to partner with Elevate Wellness and little om BIG OM for mindfulness and meditation curriculum.
Our social/emotional topics are:
How can I find out more?
For more on the program or to get involved, please contact our Program Coordinator, Melissa, at email@example.com. You can also call our main phone number at 608-845-9879.
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