This is Katie Ricks. I am a senior at the College of Charleston and volunteered during the first half of the current Fit Club launch. I have recently taken the position of running the physical activity. At this point the staff and I are really focusing on continuing strong in the latter half of the program.
Last week the kids in Fit Club got to experience a variety of new activities which implemented team work and numerous movements. During the physical activity portion they were encouraged to continue moving at whatever pace they were comfortable. My goal is to teach them a variety of movements so they can walk away from the program understanding that exercise comes in many forms and is what you make it! The most popular activities, however, seemed to be the games ‘Simon Says’ and ‘Red light/Green light’; oldies but goodies.
I felt a great sense of joy while talking to a few of the students last week. I asked several kids how they have changed from before they joined Fit Club to now. One student reported she had had nonfat yogurt instead of cake at her cousin’s birthday party. Another responded that she bought snack bars with fiber in them (the same ones we distribute during Fit Club), and was eating more fruit. One of the boys responded that he could run faster now. Though these may be little victories, they are huge steps for the kids!
Although many of the Fit Club members have already made great progress, the staff and I continually strive to motivate and encourage each of them to keep working towards their goals. In the upcoming weeks we have several activities planned and are excited to provide new opportunities!This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 and is filed under Uncategorized.