In an effort to fight childhood obesity, Scotts Branch Elementary in Randalstown, Maryland, is holding a boot camp before class even starts. Physical education teacher Patrice Walker admits that she runs the class like a drill sergeant, but, she point out, the students who come to work out are volunteers.
So, before school, the kids put themselves through an intense 30 minute routine of aerobic conditioning. Ms. Walker adds that, "Six muscle and fitness stations. Jump rope, jumping jacks, crunches, sit-ups, agility ladders, agility programs. Statistical information shows that kids are active in the morning and get the blood pumping to their hearts and their brain, they're more awake and more able to learn."
The school nurse shows up early as well and she monitors the kids and checks heart rates. It started as an experiment, but already 45 students are taking part in this fitness boot camp and there is a waiting list of others who would like to join.