School Encourages Students To Get Fit | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

School Encourages Students To Get Fit

Play associated audio
Students at Walt Whitman Middle School in Fairfax County, Va. play basketball in the gymnasium. The school is encouraging the students to be active for at least 60 minutes per day.
David Schultz
Students at Walt Whitman Middle School in Fairfax County, Va. play basketball in the gymnasium. The school is encouraging the students to be active for at least 60 minutes per day.

By David Schultz

At Walt Whitman Middle School in Fairfax County, step dancers are performing at the main entrance. There's a basketball game going in the gym and a karate demonstration taking place in a classroom.

School administrators are hoping their students take up these activities. They're trying to get the students to be active for the federally recommended 60-minutes per day.

Otha Davis, the school's principal, says this is harder than it should be.

"Some of our kids spend a lot of time with computers and iPods and texting."

Davis speaks to WAMU as he does a 2-mile power walk through the halls of his school.

"So this is just one way to say it's Ok to be physically fit."

Whitman Middle School received a $5,000 grant for an after-school fitness club from the NFL's "Fuel Up to Play 60" initiative.

NPR

The Other Rock History

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.
NPR

Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?
NPR

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
NPR

New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.