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Teacher: Gina Mercoli who teaches at Dr. William Mennies Elementary School in Vineland, NJ. Gina Mercoli can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Family Fitness Fun Day

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To involve parents and community to support and participate in health and fitness related exercises and activities with the students!

Suggested Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, other

Materials Needed: Obstacle course equipment, CD player or blue tooth speaker, 4-6 large mats for karate, tables for vendors and a variety of balls.

Family Fitness Fun Day

This is our annual Family Fun Fitness Day in which we invite parents, students, and other families and friends throughout community to visit our school so they can learn more about exercising together and the benefits of such exercise to healthy living. It is a fun event.

We set up a bunch of stations that include an obstacle course, cheerleading, bike safety, zumba, karate, blood pressure screenings, basketball, health and fitness-related basket auction and a fresh fruit, veggie and healthy snack table!

Vendors from the community were involved such as Blizz All-Star Cheer, U.S. Martial Arts Academy, CCTEC (student nurses did blood pressure checks), Zumba instructor from World Gym. All of these folks demonstrated and allowed participation of parents, families and students.

It is a great way to share healthiness in a fun way with our parents and community. The kids love it and so do the parents.


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Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Each station had modifications for various ages and abilities, explained by professional/teacher in charge of each station.

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Posted on PEC: 5/6/2014 and has received 14 votes.

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