BMoreFit Transforms Schools
One Classroom at a Time!

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With budgetary constraints and increasing academic pressures, elementary school-age children have limited access to health education and physical activities during the course of a school day. Studies show that physical inactivity is a major reason for the rise in childhood obesity. Children need to move – seven to eight hours is an awfully long time for these children to sit at their desks and to stay focused on the important lessons at hand.

BMoreFit, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes classroom-integrated fitness while delivering health and wellness education to at-risk Baltimore school aged children. Students and teachers alike join with the BMoreFit coaches in energetic, fun-filled sessions that combine physical movement with wellness discussions and academic reinforcement. Second graders pretend to make jump shots while counting by tens. Third graders discuss the importance of exercise and feel their hearts working harder after jumping up and down. Fourth graders do jumping jacks if their teacher’s math statement is correct and arm circles if it is not. All students learn the calming effect of deep breathing, while recognizing that cooling down after exercise gets their hearts and minds ready for the rest of the day in class. Teachers learn to incorporate movement into their lesson plans.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual ability.”
– John F. Kennedy

Echoing President Kennedy’s recognition of the importance of physical fitness, one fourth grader aptly said, “We do brain breaks and we exercise so we can give our brains a little fitness. Exercise builds your muscles and energy and helps your brain do better on tests.”

These children deserve the opportunity to thrive and to learn just as children in more affluent areas do. BMoreFit believes that by encouraging physical activity and healthy choices, our students will be better able to tackle the challenges they face and make academic strides. Maybe most importantly, they learn that fitness can be fun, as well as a means to a productive future.

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