Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play recently donated 168 pedometers to Jamestown Public Schools to be used in its middle and high school physical education classes.
The pedometers were donated through the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play (CHP) grant, which is an initiative of the Chautauqua County Health Network. CHP is a project funded by the New York State Department of Health and focuses on primary prevention of chronic disease by making it easier to be physically active and eat healthy foods.
“The ability to use pedometers in our Physical Education classes is going to be a great addition to our curriculum,” said Ben Drake, JPS Athletic Director and Physical Education Coordinator. “It is an effective tool to teach students about how far they are walking or running during a particular class, or even over the course of a day, as well as calorie expenditure.”
CHP is working closely with a variety of partners, including the Jamestown Public Schools, to create policy, systems, and environmental changes to increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. Jamestown Public Schools has participated in CHP’s Safe Routes to School, Farm to School and Community Garden Projects.
“Creating Healthy Places identified the Jamestown Public Schools as a partner that we could target with funding to make a significant impact on the health of our youth,” said Andy Dickson, CHP Built Environment Consultant . “A limited number of pedometers were used in the school system so we made an investment to make them widely available. They can be used either as a direct teaching tool or the students can use them creatively and learn from each other about exercise. ”
For more information about Creating Healthy Places, call Janet Forbes, CHP Project Coordinator, at 338-0010 or visit www.cchn.net.