Wellness

Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School is committed to student success.

YMCA

Students rotate in weekly visits to the YMCA Downtown for maximum exposure to fitness.

Mississippi University for Women

The Division of Health and Kinesiology at MUW opened the doors of Pohl Gymnasium to coordinate the physical fitness tests for the students. Fitnessgram, which is a complete battery of health-related fitness items that are scored using criterion-referenced standards, was used to measure all K-4th-grade students' cardiovascular fitness, percent of body fat, flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance. MUW Health and Kinesiology faculty and students administered the fitness tests. Results from the tests were given to parents during their parent/teacher conferences in October. This information is valuable to the parents, students, MUW and CMSD. This partnership provides university students with hands-on experience administering the tests. Franklin Academy received accurate and valid data taken in this controlled setting. The opportunity served as an introduction into other related programs between the university and the magnet school. Post- tests are given in late spring to measure the impact of the year- long fitness program each school year.

Mississippi State University's Extension Agency

The partnership with Mississippi State University's Extension Agency was established to support the nutritional element in the wellness theme and its medical importance as well. The partnership ensures every student the opportunity to learn from a nutritional professional.

Reinforcing Nutritional Habits

Teachers are reinforcing the importance of proper nutritional habits by allowing students to take water bottles into the classrooms and promoting our "healthy snacks only" policy. Teachers also serve as role models by eating healthy and exercising themselves.

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