Exercise to Achievement

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 will start its fourth year in Spring 2017!

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 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 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.

In 2017, we are excited to offer two different options for the Exercise to Achievement program – full and “lite.”

For more information on which version might be best for your school or community center, please contact our Program Coordinator, Melissa, at mlindemann@tri4schools.org.

Are there any programs offered during the summer?

We are planning on several sites in Summer 2017 that will train for our Sun Prairie and Middleton triathlons.  As of October 2016, those sites, dates, and times are still to be determined.

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 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!

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 Program Coordinator, Melissa, at mlindemann@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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