Get up and move to increase concentration, focus, and health |

Get up and move to increase concentration, focus, and health

Glenshire Elementary School's annual Eagle Walk will find fourth and fifth-graders on the field this Friday — with pedomoters they have used to count their steps all week.
Photos by Amy Edgett / Sierra Sun |

Elementary school students in Tahoe Truckee Unified School District are participating in activity bursts and monthly wellness challenges to help improve their health and fitness, and increase concentration and focus in school.

Be Fit in Tahoe (B-FIT) is an activity and health program implemented in partnership with Tahoe Forest Hospital System.

As part of the B-FIT program, teachers provide two 5-minute activity bursts in the classroom each day. Activity bursts can be tied to learning activities, so not only do kids release pent up energy and get their “wiggles” out, but the bursts provide a physical way to help children process information. Practicing sight words or multiplication tables with activity is fun and effective.

Classroom parent volunteers teach children about the monthly wellness challenges. The October wellness challenge is 10,000 steps a day! This is a great challenge for the entire family. Students learn about the importance of daily activity and track their steps at school with pedometers.

Grab your tennis shoes and a pedometer and take the 10,000 steps a day challenge. Children learn health habits from the people to whom they are closest. Be a good role model and get moving with your child.

If you are passionate about helping kids learn about health and fitness, ask your child’s teacher if they need a B-FIT volunteer. The time commitment is only 15 minutes a month. Training and resources are provided and its lots of fun!

For more information and to get involved, contact the Tahoe Forest Hospital community health staff: Wendy Buchanan, Maria Martin, and Jill Whisler at 530-587-3769, or email


Walking is great for bones and muscles and keeps our bodies fit. The goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day.Find following the top 10 reasons to walk:

1. Walking helps control your weight and build lean muscle.

2. Walking helps prevents type 2 diabetes.

3. Walking strengthens your heart.

4. Walking is good for your brain and helps improve memory.

5. Walking strengthens your bones.

6. Walking helps reduce feelings of stress, sadness, and anxiety.

7. Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer.

8. Walking improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiovascular fitness.

9. Walking instead of driving saves you money.

Walking requires no special equipment and it is free!

Maria Martin, MPH, RD is a member of the Tahoe Forest Health System, coordinates the Harvest of the Month Program and is a Truckee Tahoe Nutrition Coalition member.

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