Learn About School Fitness Program Thursday

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At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Rim Country residents can learn how Payson Unified School District plans to curb childhood obesity, improve test scores and get students moving.

The school district recently decided to adopt Learning Readiness PE program, a program developed by Paul Zientarski, a former educator from Illinois.

Zientarski will explain Thursday how the program works and how he developed it.

“Paul’s program combines brain breaks and movement between lessons that improve test scores, behavior and weight issues,” said Donna Moore, Julia Randall Elementary School PE teacher.

Moore learned of Zientarski after attending a conference. She was looking for new ways to incorporate physical well-being practices into the Payson Unified School District curriculum.

When Moore heard of Zientarski and his program, she scheduled him to visit Payson.

In other areas, like Naperville Central High School, Zientarski‘s program worked so well they saw a dramatic improvement in test scores, behavior and childhood obesity.

The Learning Readiness PE Program has been featured on PBS’ “Needs to Know,” the CBS “Early Morning Show,” ABC, NBC, CBC, and the FOX networks.

Payson Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case said that this year Brain Breaks would be implemented in schools.

The presentation is open to the public.

When: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Payson High School Auditorium

For more information, call the PUSD at (928) 474-2070

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