A recent report highlighted Miami-Dade County Public Schools among several models for innovative PE programs to combat increasing obesity among children.
The study, called “Design to Move” and released at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, looked at more than a dozen programs around the world.
Nearly one in three kids in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the study. At the same time, obesity-related health problems, like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, are on the rise.
Miami-Dade’s program got kudos for focusing on activities that kids enjoy, like rock-climbing and dancing, and incorporating technology. For example, at wellness centers in schools around the county, kids can ride stationary bikes and play video games at the same time.
Global sports retailer Nike produced the report with the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.
Miami-Dade’s director of PE and health literacy, Jayne Greenberg, has worked to incorporate programs with technology and that attract kids’ interest. She has run the department on a shoestring budget, cobbled together with grants.
This school year, the district’s opened more high-tech wellness centers in schools and students can track their activity on iPads.