Lake Dallas program reinventing PE; students see physical, social benefits

Originally published March 4, 2019 in the Lake Cities Sun.

By Kevin Reynolds

It’s flipping the script on every movie’s classical depiction of physical education. Instead of half the class playing an intense game of basketball, with other groups scattered in the corner and avoiding the activity, Jamie Roach’s “Marathon Kids” is reinventing what PE can be.

Lake Dallas Elementary has become the cradle of the revolution in physical education, where everyone is invested and getting fit at record rates. “Marathon Kids” is a program that strives to have students run the total mileage of four marathons a year. Read More

Morning Mile

The Morning Mile Gets Kids Running Before School—and Loving It

Originally published Sept. 13, 2018 in Runners World.

Since 2010, the run/walk program has spread to hundreds of schools in nearly two dozen states.

By Jacob Meschke

Ashley Hamilton of Gainesville, Florida is only in sixth grade, but she already has a national championship to her name. In July, Hamilton won the girls 11-year-old 3,000 meters at the AAU Club National Championships in Orlando, and placed in two other events.

Now a serious runner with the Gainesville Striders track club, Hamilton got her start in running through the Morning Mile program at her elementary school. Read More

physical fitness

The benefits of physical fitness for personal development

Originally published April 7, 2018 in the New Zealand Herald.

Personal development can seem like a daunting task when you think about all the improvements you want to make in every area of your life: health, money, career, relationships, education, family, travel/leisure, sports, spiritual growth and so on. So often it seems like you succeed in one area only to see another one neglected. It’s not that you’re not achieving successes, you may be wildly successful in one area and it just seems so hard to succeed across the board.

Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could simply do one thing to improve yourself and there was a ripple effect? Imagine improving one area of your life, and every other area of your life was improved as a result – kind of like the “all ships rise with the tide” phenomenon. I believe there IS such a thing, and I believe that one thing is physical fitness.

We often think of our personal fitness as being all about “workouts and nutrition” – but TRUE FITNESS is much more about PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT…

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