Students at Landing Elementary School have been learning about five health-related fitness concepts in their physical education classes, including body composition, muscle strength, muscle endurance, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility, with all of the lessons reinforced by the use of pedometers to emphasize cardiovascular fitness through two innovative programs.

Lynn Manger, the Director of VITAL (Values Initiative Teaching About Lifestyle) at the National Hypertension Association, donated over 50 pedometers to the school for use in physical education classes. This donation helped to teach the importance of daily fitness and its direct effect on heart health, with students learning how to use the pedometer and understand its basic function. VITAL educates young students about healthy eating habits and appropriate physical activity necessary to stay healthy for life.

To further explore this health-related fitness unit, a program from the New York State Education Department, called “Think Breakfast”, was concurrently taught. The program stresses the significance of eating well and exercising daily, as well as the relationship between physical activity and eating a healthy breakfast and how that affects students’ lives. All students who participated in this program were given a booklet of activities and a personal pedometer.

Landing extends its deepest gratitude to The National Hypertension Association and New York State’s “Think Breakfast” program for supplementing these educational initiatives. Both of these organizations enhanced the knowledge, understanding, and importance of eating a healthy breakfast and incorporating lifelong fitness into each young student’s life.