Waterloo School Focuses on Mental and Physical Fitness

By Kristin Guess Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), March 2, 2020 | Go to article overview

Waterloo School Focuses on Mental and Physical Fitness


Kristin Guess Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


BY KRISTIN GUESS

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier via the AP

WATERLOO, Iowa - Irving physical education teacher Cory Arensdorf introduced his class of fifth-graders Wednesday morning to a new twist on the old game of "tag."

It's called "Food Fat Attack." The "healthy" runners run from the "fat attack taggers," who wear jerseys adorned with names such as Candy Boy, Nacho Dude and French Fry Girl. They attempt to tag the "healthy" runners, who then have to fill their jersey with balls simulating fat cells.

"How do you get rid of the fat cells?" one student asked to the delight of Arensdorf. "Exercise!" he shouted to a room full of smiles.

The incorporation of mental and physical fitness into nearly all aspects of the daily routine has earned Irving Elementary statewide recognition as a two-time winner of the Healthiest State K-12 School Award presented by HealthPartners UnityPoint Health.

"They can't just be physical. They have to feel good about who they are before they can learn the lessons of being healthy and taking care of themselves," Arensdorf told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

With last year's winnings of $5,000, the school purchased heart monitors worn like a wrist watch. They alert kids throughout the day if they have an increased heart rate. Unless they're in gym class, they go through the steps they've learned to calm down, including breathing exercises and mindfulness practices.

"It's something that could be revolutionary with kids who have anxiety," said Irving Principal Frederick "Zach" Zimmerman.

Coupled with games such as Saturated Fat Ball, Heartline Dribble and Nutrition Hockey, Arensdorf keeps students focused on fitness.

"He doesn't just make games for fun. He makes them about learning and having fun," fifth-grader Jakiyah Porter said.

Nutrition and exercise themes can be seen throughout the school. There are water bottle filling stations, an urban garden, and fruits and vegetables instead of sugary snacks, with help from Food Corps and the Black Hawk Health Department. Last year the school launched its first Color Run 5K.

"We are looking to inspire," Zimmerman said. "Being in a low-income area, if we can do it anyone can."

Wellness initiatives are coordinated by Arensdorf, Zimmerman and Kristin Meany-Walen, mental health coordinator at Irving. …

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