Dates and Classes
Mentors will meet the students at each location. Classes are 2 hours in length. One hour presentation and one hour activity. Mentors will hold students accountable to fitness and nutrition goals throughout 12 week class.
WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTION & GOAL SETTING (Feb 3rd)
Objective: Introduce parents and students to the curriculum, explain goals and benefits of gym membership. Mentors help students set goals for next 12 weeks and how to sustain goals after completion of program. Discuss body image and why it’s important to focus on what your body can do, not what it looks like.
Activity: FITGirl, Inc Empowerment Center
WEEK TWO: NUTRITION (Feb 10)
Objective: The foods they eat affect their growth. They are responsible for what they eat. They are responsible for their level of physical activity. They can set goals and make decisions to improve their health.
Activity: Natural Grocers & Genesis Health Clubs Nutrition and Cooking presentation.
WEEK THREE: CONFIDENCE (Feb 17)
Objective: Demonstrate understanding, friendliness, adaptability, empathy, and politeness in group settings. Examine, clarify, and apply positive values and ethical principles. Build self-esteem by discovering their unique abilities and characteristics. Develop positive attitudes toward school and toward lifelong learning.
Activity: Rock Climbing (UNO)
WEEK FOUR: DEALING WITH DIFFICULT FEELINGS (Feb 24)
Objective: To increase awareness of emotions, understand and manage feelings and identify times when emotions have been felt.
Activity: Tour of Boys Town Suicide Hotline
WEEK FIVE: SELF CARE (March 3)
Objective: Self-care is anything you enjoy doing that helps make you happy and maintains your physical, mental or emotional health. It’s when you take the time to take care of yourself. Lesson: Discuss different activities students can engage in to help ease stress and care for oneself and participate in yoga exercises.
Activity: Yoga, Self Care at FITGirl, Inc
WEEK SIX: SUBSTANCE ABUSE (March 10)
Objective: Provide students with scientific facts and engage them in critical thinking about how drugs affect different parts of the body, including the brain, as well as the nonphysical effects on their lives (e.g., difficult relationships, poor grades, problems with friends).
WEEK SEVEN: TEAMWORK (March 17)
Objective: Explain and show elements for effective teamwork: Commitment and Trust, Communication, Diversity of Capabilities, Adaptability, Creative Freedom.
Activity: UNO Game (GAME ON SAT 16TH)
WEEK EIGHT: DIVERSITY (March 24)
Objective: Understanding and valuing the perspectives, behaviors and needs of people from all backgrounds.
Activity: Latino Center for the Midlands
WEEK NINE: EMPATHY & COMPASSION (BULLYING) (Mar 31)
Objective: Role play situations that teach both “Cognitive empathy” (described as: the ability to mentally think about things from another person’s point of view and “Affective empathy” (the ability to recognize and respond to others’ feelings appropriately).
Activity: Improv – Role Playing
WEEK TEN: MEDIA SMARTS (April 7)
Objective: To encourage students to develop their own critical intelligence with regard to culturally inherited stereotypes, and to the images presented in the media and fully grasp the dangers of posting personal information, sexting and cyberbullying.
Activity: Media Day and Tour of Burlington Station
WEEK ELEVEN: PAY IT FORWARD (April 14)
Objective: Provide an opportunity for students to learn and grow into valuable members of society.
Activity: Habitat for Humanity – Herb Boxes
WEEK TWELVE: STRONG BODY-STRONG MIND (EVALUATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS) (April 28)
Objective: Highlight successes and lessons from past 11 weeks, analyze fitness goals, perform post-assessments with mentor and write a take-away plan to help students continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
Activity: FITGirl, Inc Empowerment Center
Registration Fee: $160 plus online fee. Includes: T-shirt, Snacks, Hands-On Activities, Paired Mentor, Personalized Goals, Empowerment Speakers, 12 Week Membership to any Genesis Health Club with Tennis Lesson, Swim Lesson, Four personal training classes, nutritional class and family discount with grandfathered rate after 12 week class commences. Financial assistance available – email firstname.lastname@example.org.