Be Active and Play 60 Minutes Every Day
Authors: Barbara Faverey and Aphia Henry
Lydia Watkins, DNP, RN, CPNP
Within this community project, we created a partnership with Altama Elementary School in order to increase awareness to the school age population regarding the importance of daily physical activity. The World Health Organization has recently focused objectives in decreasing noncommunicable disease, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, through methods which target prevention of overweight children and obesity. We taught a fourth-grade class of 24 students about the many benefits of exercise, including ways to incorporate daily physical activities. The students participated in a relay race, a dance-freeze session, and ended with a cool down segment. The students took home a weekly goal sheet designed to track their progress and the total time of daily exercise recorded. The development of this service-learning project created a pathway for Bachelor of Science in Nursing students to connect with the Brunswick community and raise awareness, education, and prevention regarding global health improvement issues.