School system working kids out throughout the day
NEW YORK (WABC) -- We all know the importance of getting kids to get active. Well now one county in New York is taking it one step further.
Teachers are now being told to get students active for at least five minutes in every class, and the program kicked off Friday.
The new initiative is called "March Forward".
"For 5 minutes each period we do some type of physical exercise," said Alexander.
The goal is to get kids up and moving as research shows it improves learning.
"Children who are physically fit and more active do better in school do better in school so we have a win win," said Carrie Steindorff with Rockland County Department of Health.
Steindorff says they're testing the program in schools throughout Rockland County.
It only takes a few minutes to get the blood pumpin. The teachers are given creative freedom. One teacher, Joan Spira's incorporating math into the exercise.
"It definitely helped them focus the negative is not everybodys into it at first," she said.
health news, dr. sapna parikh
- Forest fire burning in NJ; Evacuations ordered 9 min ago
- AccuWeather: Windy and cool
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- DISH Network signs on for WATCH ABC app
- 9-year-old dies in 26-story fall from Bronx high-rise
- Carlstadt fire guts post office; 2 firefighters hurt
- Photos: Carlstadt post office fire
- Heroin antidote Narcan saves 6 in Ocean County
- Woman charged in fatal hit and run in Hempstead
- Baby monitors batteries recalled over burn hazard
- Camilla Parker Bowles' brother Mark Shand dies in NYC
- FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
- Tavern on the Green reopens in Central Park Thursday
- Photos: Sneak peek inside the new Tavern on the Green
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos