SURVIVING JUNIOR HIGH GYM CLASS - AND HAVING A BLAST GAME PLAN DRAWS KIDS OUT ONTO FIELD.Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
CANYON COUNTRY - Exercising to music isn't a new concept, but on Thursdays, the sounds of a familiar island reality show echo across the athletic fields of Sierra Vista Junior High.
As the gray-shirted students fill the blacktop, Destiny's Child This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling.
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``I'm a survivor, I'm not gon' give up,
I'm not gon' stop, I'm gon' work harder,
I'm a survivor, I'm gon' make it,
I will survive, keep on survivin'''
The brainchild of physical-education teachers George Velarde and Jed Heller of Sierra Vista, and Scott Bell Scott Bell was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as leader of the Libertarian Party of Ontario in the 1980s, and was the party's leader during the 1985 provincial election. , now at Rio Norte Junior High, the Survivor program offers students a chance to get a well-rounded workout without realizing they're exercising. On Survivor Thursdays, seven teachers simultaneously conduct a series of games that challenges physical stamina and mental acuity acuity /acu·i·ty/ (ah-ku´i-te) clarity or clearness, especially of vision.
Sharpness, clearness, and distinctness of perception or vision. and promotes teamwork.
``It's better than running,'' said Wesley Barthole as his team relished winning the 'Titanic' race across the soccer field where he and seven others jumped and tugged in unison on a 10-foot blue tarp. ``We get more exercise and get to use teamwork.''
``It makes me dirty,'' complained Shea Vang, wiping her hands on her shorts.
``It's way more fun and you get to work with other people,'' said Sharyn Leonard. ``Even if you don't Even If You Don't is a single released by the band Ween in 2000 on Mushroom Records. Formats
Enhanced CD single
Includes the quicktime video of "Even If You Don't" directed by Matt Stone & Trey Parker of "South Park". like them, you get to know them.''
Back at the basketball court, Velarde shouted encouragement.
``You are looking good, you are feeling good, you are smelling ... well,'' he said, laughing, as students stretched on the cement. ``They love it. It's a break from tradition.''
While no one gets eliminated from the island at Sierra Vista, Velarde has noticed students' weight coming down since their involvement in the program, an observation shared by several of the other teachers.
With physical-education classes being cut in favor of academics, and junk food junk food
Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.
junk food the menu of choice for many students, childhood obesity childhood obesity Public health Overweight in a child, an average BMI of ≥ 85% for age and sex; ≥ 95% for age and sex is very obese. See Body-mass index, Obesity. Cf Adult obesity. is another consideration for the teachers, who are trying to put the fun back into the great outdoors.
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the National Center for Health Statistics National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
NCHS is the United States' principal health statistics agency. , 9 million children are overweight or obese and the numbers are approaching epidemic proportions. Programs such as Survivor are helping turn the trend around in the William S. Hart Union High School District.
Teacher Jaime Schaffer's group was navigating the ``acid river,'' in which teams took turns blindfolding blindfolding
covering a horse's eyes with a blindfold as a means of restraint. Most horses when blindfolded can be persuaded to load onto trailers which they refuse to do without the blindfold. Of some but more limited use in other species. one person who had to move several pieces of wood before carrying a classmate across the field guided only by their teammates' voices.
``The kids like some games better than others, but we see all of them get physically involved,'' she said. ``We're trying to give them lifelong concepts of fitness. I've seen a difference in my bench sitters; they would tell me they don't do P.E. Now, I have nobody who is inactive.''
Heller said another payoff is the socialization socialization /so·cial·iza·tion/ (so?shal-i-za´shun) the process by which society integrates the individual and the individual learns to behave in socially acceptable ways.
n. demanded by Survivor games that continues off the playing field.
``It mixes the athletes and the nonathletes; kids who would never look at each other work together,'' he said. ``It deals with the touchy-feely things between guys, too. We have a game called 'rock' where nine kids have to all stand on a tire at the same time. At first, the guys wouldn't touch each other, then they're holding each other on the tire, hugging and helping. It gets rid of a lot of stigmas.''
Bell, who hopes to bring Survivor to Rio Norte someday, is doing his own type of diversionary phys ed phys ed
Physical education. with games such as Frisbee golf and an annual River Hawk Walk.
``You have to fool kids and make it look like fun while they're actually getting a physical workout,'' he said. ``We have to use color coding, creative naming, whatever it takes. It's up to us to find activities and refine the presentation so they want to participate.''
The walk is done over two days - this year's is planned for March 22-23 - so every student in the school has an opportunity to complete as many laps on their half-mile track as they can. It's a fund-raiser for the school as well; last year's event raised $12,000, which was used to buy equipment for the school's weight room. This year, the aim is to buy a climbing wall A climbing wall is an artificially constructed wall with grips for hands and feet, used for climbing. Some are brick or wooden constructions, but on most modern walls, the material used is a thick multiplex board with holes drilled into it. .
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
(1 -- color) Devon Garrison, 12, slides into a cone in a race as part of the Survivor program at Sierra Vista Junior High.
(2) A group of junior high students works as a team to get a plastic sheet over a finish line in the new Survivor program.
(3) Teacher Jed Heller wears a Survivor Wednesday shirt during the physical-education day in Canyon Country.
David Crane/Staff Photographer