During a meeting at St. Anthony’s Preschool in San Gabriel, California, one staff member – a personal trainer at the local gym – suggested implementing regularly structured physical activities for entire school. This idea blossomed into “Workout Wednesdays.” On Wednesday mornings, before going inside, students gather outside for a workout. Students and teachers participate in yoga, stretching, relay races, obstacle courses and other fun activities.
In addition to leading physical activities with the children, the teachers are engaging the students in discussions about the importance of physical activity, drinking water and eating healthy foods. The students at St. Anthony’s love the changes. Wednesday mornings are filled with shouts of “It’s Workout Wednesday!” After the workout, students have been saying “I’m ready to learn now!”