My Spark

Stretching Students

The idea for Classroom Fitness (C-Fit) came to me while I was reading the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J Ratey MD.

In his book, Dr. Ratey explains the fascinating connection between the body and the brain. He presents convincing evidence that exercise is one of our best defenses against everything from depression to Alzheimer’s. Case studies in the book explain how teachers across the country use exercise to help boost student learning.

As a teacher, I was intrigued. Exercise could help my students learn? I thought about how much exercise my students had throughout the day and realized it was not enough – not when a little more could benefit them so greatly! I began to look around for a fitness program that we could do right in the classroom and couldn’t find anything. I decided to create my own. A fitness program for kids that I would want to play in my own classroom everyday.

Now, four years later, numerous studies have been released backing up the exercise-brain connection and C-Fit is available to help teachers provide to their students a daily dose of “Miracle Gro” for the brain.


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