Volunteers Help with Before-School Fitness

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Volunteers Help with Before School Fitness

Kathleen Tullie, a mom, real estate professional and athlete, was moved into action after reading the book, Spark by Dr. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School. Studies cited by Dr. Ratey demonstrate that getting kids moving before school could translate to better academic performance during the school day.

Armed with that knowledge, Tullie and friends created an organization that would bring a physical exercise program to their children’s school before school run completely by volunteers. Fast forward to today, and Tullie is the executive director of a nonprofit corporation called BOKS, an initiative of Reebok and The Reebok Foundation.

BOKS is a free before-school physical activity run by moms, dads, physical education teachers and other types of volunteers in local communities. It is simple to implement and currently in 1,000 schools. They provide training materials and a weekly plan. The program is run on school property 40 minutes before school starts.

New grant money was announced for 2014, as they search for new schools to begin the program. Three-hundred new schools will be awarded $1,000 in start up costs. US-based elementary and middle schools that enroll in BOKS for the first time before October 1, 2014 are invited to apply. The funds can be used toward T-shirts, equipment, incentives, trainer stipend, travel to BOKS trainings or supplies.

BOKSKids.org has more information on the program and information about the grant application process.

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Written by Pamela Settle, owner of Light Shine Media Group and publisher of GoodLiving® Magazine. All Rights Reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced without permission.

GoodLiving Magazine® is printed six times a year for families in Pinellas County, Florida, home to municipalities including Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Largo and St. Petersburg. The densest county in Florida, population is near 1 Million people. Past issues are available for viewing digitally on the website.

As an advocate for children and families, Pamela Settle serves as the local committee chairperson for The Children’s Movement of Florida, a non-partisan advocacy organization that works on behalf of the well being of children throughout the State of Florida.

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