Exuberant Animal Offers Creative Solutions for P.E. & Health Teachers
For the first time in U.S. history, this generation of children are not expected to outlive their parents. According to a 2005 study published in the American Journal of Public Health: Unless current trends reverse, it seems likely that one-third of all children born today…will develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime and can expect shortened life expectancy because of it. This grim statistic reminds us in the education community that teaching a healthy and active lifestyle needs to be a priority.
We came across a unique fitness program to spotlight that could benefit educators seeking creative solutions to help their students: Exuberant Animal. This program emphasizes FUN and features play, whole fresh foods, vigorous outdoor activity, and community; it engages students physically and intellectually for a minimal cost (refreshing news for teachers facing budget cuts).
Exuberant Animal is the creation of Frank Forencich, an internationally-recognized leader in health education and performance training and author of Play as if Your Life Depends on It, Exuberant Animal and Change Your Body, Change the World. Frank is featured in the video clip below with Sebastien Alary; and As you can see, these methods are ideal for PE students as it promotes team building and fun!
We encourage you to learn more about this program and how it can benefit the children in your school and community! Please leave us your comments and ideas on how we can reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.
The Exuberant Animal
For more ideas to incorporate Health and Fitness programs in your school community, visit our Fitness University Page on TeachingSafari.com