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Teacher: Amy Mangels who teaches at Lowes Island Elementary School in Sterling, VA. Amy Mangels can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Healthy Hearts Fitness Night

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To provide an evening for parents and students to learn about how the heart functions and experience ways to improve cardiovascular fitness.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2

Materials Needed: Cassette or CD player, long jump ropes, short jump ropes, hula hoops, and scooters.

Healthy Hearts Fitness Night

Healthy Hearts Fitness Night is an evening in which students, parents, and teachers get together for an evening of fun and fitness. The event itself will provide students and parents with the opportunity to engage in fitness activities which will be located at various fitness stations. Some stations are self-monitored (i.e. rope jumping, walk/run obstacle course) while others are taught by the physical education instructor (i.e. aerobics, step aerobics). Prior to the actual event, teachers are encouraged to first send a letter home with students inviting parents and other family members to attend. (Scroll down to view sample parent letter.)

At the time of the event, it is recommended that an information desk be the first place that people go to when they arrive. This will give teachers an opportunity to meet parents, while at the same time providing parents with instructions and information regarding the evening. A map identifying where everything will be located is also helpful to parents. (Scroll down to view a sample Healthy Hearts Fitness Night information guide.) Once all the participants have all the necessary instructions, they are then encouraged to engage in some or all of the fitness stations!

To complete the evening have all invited guests fill out an exit slip. (Scroll down to view a sample Healthy Hearts Fitness Night exit slip.)

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Posted on PEC: 10/8/2001 and has received 63 votes.

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