Obesity has several causative factors; however, there is no question that physical inactivity is among them. Children should ideally receive no less than 60 minutes of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) daily. However, generous estimates suggest that fewer than 20% of American children are achieving that goal.

Current educational data prove that children who are physically active during the school day perform better academically, behaviorally, socially and psychologically. Additional data suggest that the greatest health gains are made when that physical activity occurs early in the day. The goal of genHkids JumpStart is to capitalize on these findings by injecting 12 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity at the start of every school day to JumpStart student’s bodies and brains, and to encourage the development of lifelong skills and movement.

genHkids Action Team members train classroom teachers to use genHkids JumpStart videos with their students. Lesson plans created in consultation with P.E. teachers ensure that JumpStart aligns with P.E. instruction and Illinois State Learning Standards.

This program was piloted with tremendous success at Matheny Elementary School in Springfield Public School District 186 during the 2011-2012 school year. Although final outcome data is yet to be evaluated, we have convincing anecdotal evidence suggesting that fitness, behavioral and academic outcomes have all improved as a result of genH JumpStart in that school. To date, the program has produced 30 videos and served more than 400 children.

It’s easy to JumpStart your school! Just contact us at info@genhkids.org, to schedule an introduction to genHkids JumpStart during a faculty meeting. Following the faculty meeting, teachers may sign up for a 20-30 minute classroom demonstration by genHkids staff or a member of the Physical Activity Action team.