Boosting Brain Power through Physical Activity (2nd Edition)

Stepping Into the New Year

2015 is in the books and we welcome 2016 with some optimism that this will be the greatest year yet! Our Physical Education staff would like to offer a bit of advice as it pertains to your health entering 2016.

Mr. Wietor: "Do not try to bite off more than you can handle. Moderation is key as you look to make changes in anything you do. Starting off slow with your exercise habits will help you in the long run. If you try to do more than you are capable of, you will be turned off to exercise. If you try to cut out all the unhealthy food at once, you're going to be more inclined to go back to it over time. A little bit at a time can go a long way!"

Mr. Purtell: "Do not make a New Year Resolution. Set a New Year Goal. The goal should be a "SMART Goal". It should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. Start with a few self-improvement ideas and narrow your concentration to one of them. Share your goal with one person that can motivate you and hold you accountable. Set short-term goals to be reached to keep you on track of reaching your SMART goal. Start today!"

Mr. Riesop: "Your body hears everything that your mind says. As the new year begins having an optimistic mindset is what is going to keep motivation levels high, and increase your ability to succeed. Every single day you have a choice to make, and if you want to make a difference, you have to make the decision. So face adversity head on and be the change you want to make."

Ms. Wiesjahn: "Winter is no excuse to not get out and exercise. Dress in layers, get your family some snowshoes, and get outside! You won’t believe how many calories you can burn by just walking in snow. You can burn anywhere from 400-1000 calories an hour snowshoeing. Remember, 10,000 steps a day for a healthier you. Or, sign yourself up for a fun run/walk. Train together as a family, or find a friend to train with. You’ll have more success if you work out with someone else. It makes you be held accountable for showing up. Good luck and here’s to a healthier 2016!"

2nd Semester PE classes begin

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 7:15am

1305 East Decorah Road

West Bend, WI

All students registered for a 2nd semester physical education class, must report to the fieldhouse during their scheduled PE class. Students must purchase a heart rate monitor strap from the bookkeeper for $15 if they do not already own one. Please bring this with you on the first day of class. Also remember that appropriate physical education clothes are required. This means tennis shoes, athletic pants or shorts, and top. Students must bring their own lock to lock up their clothes in their PE locker. No cellphones or iPods are permitted!

Recap on First Semester

Fitness Assessments Complete

All students have completed their final week of fitness assessments. Results will be e-mailed home for you to see your fitness level improvements made during the course of the semester. Below are the tests that students completed and what they measured.

Curl-Ups: Muscle Endurance

Push-Ups: Muscle Strength

PACER: Cardiovascular Endurance

Sit and Reach: Flexibility

Height/Weight: Body Composition

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Exploring New Units in PE

Adventure Education classes learned the safety procedures and navigation processes of kayaking in our school's swimming pool!
Adventure Ed. Kayaking
Team Sports was introduced to the sport of speedball!
Team Sports Speedball

Risks Learned in Health II

Students learned the risks of operating while intoxicated while using different BAC level "drunk goggles".
Health AODA

A Message from the Nutrition and Nursing Departments

With all the stress we’ve been seeing lately, it seems a little humor is called for…

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New Year, Small Steps

Abby Padilla, RD, CD

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2016 and as you think about New Year’s resolutions keep in mind, if one of your resolutions is to be healthier, it comes down to a lifestyle, a change with moderation and balance at the top of the list. Remember this is a process, change takes time and won’t be completed overnight.

One of the simplest things you can start with is to not skip meals. We think that by not eating we will lose weight or be healthier. It seems like it would makes sense, no food in equals no added calories. But in all actuality by skipping a meal we tend to over indulge at our next meal and consume more calories than we would have if we ate two moderate, balanced meals. Try hard not to skip breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day. It gets our bodies and minds going, and helps give us energy for the rest of the day.

Another way to start small is to start meal planning. Even if you don’t menu plan every meal of every day, you can make a goal to plan a few evening meals per week and go from there. Get a calendar or dry erase board and write down meal ideas. This give you a place to start. You can make a grocery list based on these meals and use ads to find cost savings. Keep in mind fruits and vegetables that are in season are more cost effective. Frozen fruits and vegetables usually last longer than fresh, so they may be a better choice. Beware that some frozen fruits and vegetables have added sugars, fats, or sodium.

Again this is a process, and with each small step or change you will be working towards your resolution and to a healthier lifestyle!