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School Districts Weigh in on Wellness

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UW-Milwaukee Klotsche Center Weight Room

Physical activity is a great way to feel better, gain health benefits, and have fun. There are countless scientific statistics proving that physical activity can lead to a happier and healthier life, lower the chance of disease, and boost self-esteem. The easiest way to lead a more physically active lifestyle is to incorporate movement into one’s everyday routine. School-age children spend approximately 1,000 hours a year in school, and research shows that school-led wellness programs can have a positive impact on academic performance, and lead to fewer absences and higher self-esteem [1]. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, schools have more influence on the lives of young people than any other social institution aside from family; providing a setting in which socialization can occur, friendships can blossom and the discipline to achieve goals can be practiced [2].

As a Construction Manager, Miron is seeing an increasing number of school districts focus on wellness and physical activity through the construction and/or expansion of district wellness facilities: supporting, enhancing, and creating opportunities for physical activity. Most District wellness initiatives aspire to promote the overall health of students, staff, and ultimately the community.

Miron has recently or is currently assisting these Districts in building and/or expanding their wellness facilities:

 

  1. https://nces.ed.gov/pubs/eiip/eiipid24.asp
  2. http://www.healthypeople.gov/2010/Document/HTML/Volume1/07Ed.htm

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