ScienceDaily (2009-05-10) -- School children as young as 11 can benefit from a daily exercise program in reducing their levels of several known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. An ongoing study, which began four years ago in the German city of Leipzig, shows already that children assigned to daily exercise lessons reduced their overall prevalence of obesity, improved their exercise capacity, increased their levels of HDL-cholesterol, and reduced their systolic blood pressure. ... read full article
As our summer begins, many of our schools are already off and running on Monday. Our year-round schools have my utmost respect. These teachers and administrators ended their 2008-09 school year on June 26th and in one week, completely reset and restart their new year! Talk about a whirlwind!
The article above shows us how in just one year, our children can improve their overall health. We knew this already, though. Our 100 Mile Club Kids are happy, healthy, focused, and fit! Let's keep moving!If you are just getting started, or thinking of joining The 100 Mile Club "movement", check us out at www.100mileclub.com. We are here and ready for you.
The 100 Mile Club® is simple to set up and begin. You should be ready to “hit the ground running” the first day of school, or as soon as possible once school begins. Here are some guidelines to get you going. The following ideas, concepts, and procedures are extremely helpful and will make 100 Mile Club® run smoothly and positively.
Are you wondering how we think, and what we're about? Read on...
First... Accept the Challenge. There is a philosophical mindset that must be adopted and understood before beginning The 100 Mile Club®. For some, this is the hardest part.
Our philosophy is simple. We believe that every single student has the ability to achieve true personal success and a new level of physical fitness by Accepting the Challenge of running (or walking) 100 Miles at school during a single school year. These feelings of true personal success and fitness are ones that will carry a student to new levels of achievement in all areas: academics, athletics, and implementation of the valuable life skills identified in the bricks of Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.
The 100 Mile Club® is a personal journey toward a very personal goal.
It is not a race with anyone but yourself.
We NEVER compare students. ever.
We never race or compete between classes or students to see who makes 100 miles “first”.
100 Mile Club® is not an external competition. The competition is with your biggest rival: yourself.
We celebrate all personal successes at the end of the school year. 100 miles or not, we award students together, celebrate together, and never separate out those that make 100 miles from those that do not.
The personal successes students feel while on the100 Mile Club® journey are unquantifiable but ever-present. We celebrate those most of all.
100 Mile Club® encourages team spirit by asking students to work together to help one another reach their goals. Often, we see the more athletic students encouraging and mentoring those that might need that little extra boost…it is wonderful to see students cheer for each other or run together to just make it one more lap.
100 Mile Club® does not publicly (e.g.-website, school announcements, etc…) identify or announce students who hit 100 miles until the end of the year awards presentation. Some students make 100 miles by mid-January…Each site has fun ways of celebrating their participants' personal successes and lets these individuals savor the inner rewards that come from humility, poise, confidence and friendship as they help others reach their goals, too. We ask that these students reach inside themselves and set new personal goals in order to reach their true level of competitive greatness.
The 100 Mile Club® is an individualized physical fitness program. Students will have the opportunity to exercise their bodies through stretching and running (or walking) activities as they move closer and closer to 100 miles and their very own gold medal. Please strike a careful balance between encouraging students to do THEIR best, honoring individual differences, and challenging students to reach to a new level of greatness.
The 100 Mile Club® is a life skills program. Through the personal experience of running (or walking) 100 miles at school, each student is given unique situations in which to truly experience each and every one of the life skills outlined in The Pyramid of Success.
Make sure you know your students. Some may have medical conditions of which you may not be aware, some may need to see their doctor before beginning a program such as this.
The 100 Mile Club® is uncomplicated, yet profound. We believe strongly that each and every student who Accepts the Challenge of running (or walking) 100 miles at school during a single school year will discover a phenomenal new part of themselves…the part that thrives on team spirit, hard work, determination and enthusiasm.
Once a child gets a taste of the deep and powerful intrinsic rewards of true, TRUE personal success, he or she will seek that feeling again and again…at school, at home, and in life. It's amazing.