Keeping Fitness on Track at School

Your elementary and middle school child spends the majority of his or her week in school– 7-7.5 hours per day, 5 days per week adding up to 35-37.5 hours per week. But don’t forget the average Blog-Fitness-Main-Landscapeof 3 hours per week of homework for kindergarten-8th graders. With long days in school sitting at desks, doing homework, increased time in front of televisions, on cell phones, or in front of computers, now, more than ever, it is important to make sure your child has ways to stay active. With so much time spent in school each week, what better avenue could there be to incorporate fitness in your child’s routine than in school? Physical education classes are a great start, but is there more they could be doing?

Here are Some Options You Can Present to Your PTA for Additional Fitness Programming:

  1. Apex Fun Run

Instead of using the old-school chocolate bar or wrapping paper sales, Apex is a company that utilizes fitness as a means of fund raising. Their goal is to encourage fitness and healthy lifestyles among elementary school-aged children while also helping schools raise money. Apex team members spend 2 weeks at a school teaching a curriculum about healthy lifestyle choices, ways to stay active, and assistance in getting the kids sponsors, culminating in the fun run!

  1. NFL Play 60 – School

Play 60 school is a program sponsored by the NFL to encourage 60 minutes of play every day. The NFL has partnered with the National Dairy Counsel, American Heart Association, and Brax Fundraising to create different programs for incorporating fitness in schools. This includes a focus on healthy food choices, implementing activity breaks during daily curriculums, and fundraising by selling various sports team SpiritCups.

  1. Presidential Fitness Testing

Most schools already implement Presidential Fitness Testing in their regular physical education curriculum. However, if your school does not or if you are interested in more information about the programming, take a look at the website. The Presidential Youth Fitness Programming allows students to individually track their fitness progress and achievements.


NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Lake Bluff, Des Plaines, Hinsdale and Milwaukee. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates!


Jamie Katz

Jamie Katz

Jamie Katz is a physical therapist with an enthusiasm for working with the pediatric population and has both personal and clinical experience in the field. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Jamie’s younger brother has Autism and was the inspiration for her journey to become a pediatric physical therapist. She completed a majority of her clinical rotations in the pediatric field including acute care PT at VCU Children’s Hospital and outpatient PT at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Virginia Beach, VA. Upon graduation in May 2014, Jamie worked for 7 months at Rehabilitation Associates in Virginia Beach, VA where she treated children in the outpatient and early intervention settings. She began working for North Shore Pediatric Therapy in January 2015. Throughout her pediatric career she has had experience with a wide range of diagnoses, including but not limited to: Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dravet’s Syndrome, Aicardi Syndrome and lack of normal physiological development such as poor core strength, balance, motor planning or coordination.

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