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Fitness on display Wednesday at Armstrong school

Physical fitness is being put on display Wednesday in the Armstrong School District.

Parents and students can take a tour of the West Hills Primary School fitness center from 6 to 7 p.m. and learn ways to keep children active at home, said Devin Lorigan, district health and wellness coordinator and a physical education teacher at the school.

Lorigan said families should wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes because they will be up and moving during the tour.

“We’re going to have fun activities for everyone to do,” Lorigan said. “Hopefully, parents seeing what their kids do at school will inspire them to be more active at home. It’s important for kids to see their parents and families engaged in healthy activities because it helps them realize these should be lifelong habits, not just things they do at school.”

The district used a $636,600 Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant to outfit each of its elementary schools with fitness equipment and to develop programming over the last three years.

Aside from demonstrating how to use the school’s treadmills, climbing walls, elliptical machines and exercise bikes, Lorigan said that during the tour, she plans to offer demonstrations on how to use everyday items to keep kids active at home.

For example, Lorigan plans to show several games families can play with a beach ball indoors, or exercises to do during commercials while watching television.

The ultimate goal is to make sure kids and their families are getting at least 60 minutes of exercise per day.

“It’s not always easy to find the time to squeeze in an entire hour of activities at once, so we’re hoping to show parents how to work that time into their normal day in smaller amounts,” Lorigan said. “We’re doing it in a way that not only encourages families to be active, but also a way to encourage families to do it together, which is a bonus.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].


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