2/18/2014 11:56 A.M. ET
Partnership between the Milwaukee Brewers and Hopsports, Inc. moves Wisconsin students to better health
The Brewers Home Run Fitness program uses technology-based HOPSports Brain Breaks® to make physical activity a daily and fun part of the classroom routine
By / MLB.com
Milwaukee, WI - A partnership between the Milwaukee Brewers and HOPSports, Inc., a global health and wellness network, is implementing HOPSports Brain Breaks® as an extension of the Brewers Home Run Fitness program to help Wisconsin students become more physically active and engaged throughout the school day.
The Brewers are recognized for exemplary community stewardship, pledging to take an active role to greatly improve the health and well-being of its community neighbors. Thirty-five percent of Milwaukee high school students are considered overweight or obese, and the Brewers have pledged to take preventative and sustainable measures by targeting elementary students to promote healthy choices and behaviors.
In an effort to create healthy school cultures, the Brewers have gifted 500 Wisconsin teachers HOPSports Brain Breaks® to activate student learning through health and physical activity. Elementary schools in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and West Allis are currently implementing HOPSports Brain Breaks® for the 2013-14 school year.
Bernie Brewer is helping Wisconsin students ready their bodies and brains for learning with 3-5 minute web-based digital content. "Brewer Brain Breaks" is a technology-based educational solution which uses existing classroom space and technology to make physical activity in schools both interactive and fun. Teachers are able to incorporate classroom lesson plans in HOPSports Brain Breaks® so that students continue to learn while being physically active.
"My students and I do Brain Breaks every day after the kids come back in the classroom after lunch recess," said Laurie Probst of Waukesha STEM Academy-Randall Campus. "Brain breaks are highly motivating and get the kids centered and ready to tackle the afternoon's work. The students enjoy the variety of videos and fun activities, and I see a lot of concentration and fun happening!"
The Brewers Home Run Fitness, program powered by HOPSports, follows the Coordinated School Health model recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a strategy for improving student health and well-being in support of academic success. The HOPSports digital platform delivers key community wellness messaging directly to kids, and strengthens community partnerships to magnify the impact of a coordinated, community approach to school health.
The Milwaukee Brewers and HOPSports are accelerating sustainable behavior change in Wisconsin students by making physical activity an integral part of the school day. Fans can follow HOPSports on Twitter @HOPSports.
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