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Frisco RoughRiders Help Build Healthy Habits at Elementary Schools

Dec 12, 2017

Bull Moose with Students at Hosp ElementaryFrisco ISD is fortunate to have many great community partners, including all the professional sports teams who call Frisco home.

The Frisco RoughRiders are helping FISD meet the needs of the whole child through a 20-minute program called the Healthy Fit Challenge.

Presented at elementary schools, the program teaches students how to live a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle by taking a “run” around the bases.

Each base represents a topic critical to good health. First base is nutrition, second base is stretching, third base is exercise and home plate is a good night sleep.

Students also name the six food groups and do stretches and exercises with RoughRiders mascot Bull Moose throughout the program.

So far, the program has visited Elliott, Gunstream, Hosp and Vaughn elementary schools, with plans to visit more Frisco ISD elementary schools in the New Year.

The program supports FISD’s efforts to boost students’ physical health and encourage good nutrition. Studies show students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance (such as concentration and memory) and classroom behaviors. In addition, research indicates that hunger and a lack of certain foods and nutrients is associated with lower grades and higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness among students.