FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Every school corporation is mandated to have some formal health initiatives in place. But, one corporation is taking another step.
Community Schools of Frankfort recently approved new initiatives that urge teachers to make the healthy choice the easiest choice.
At Frankfort High School you can be sure to find PE Teacher Tom Potts leading a CrossFit class for his students. But, what goes on after school is what has been getting noticed by administrators.
"I've noticed that we've had several staff members that have lost weight and improved their physical condition," Community Schools of Frankfort Superintendent Don Deweese said.
"It's really awesome to see," said Potts. "I didn't think that it would take off."
Potts started offering an informal CrossFit classes after school to the teachers earlier this semester. A move he says has improved the environment at the high school.
"It's just making us better and I think it's helping the atmosphere and the camaraderie among the staff," Potts said. "It's kind of the 'We're all in it together' thing. So, it fits the teamwork concept and this environment in particular."
Deweese says this helped lead to new health initiatives district-wide that focuses not just on the students but the teachers as well.
"We have the professionals working for us," said Deweese. "We have physical education teachers, health teachers, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists all working for us. And we just though why not bring all that thinking together and make it work for our students and staff."
Potts says students want to do the same workouts as their teachers.
"They can't wait," Potts said. "We plan the workouts and then unveil the workout of the day. I've had teachers and students compare. 'How many rounds did you get? What did you do on this workout?' It's kind of cool, I like it."
Deweese says at the beginning of the school year, they will send out newsletters to inform teachers of opportunities to work out at each school so they can best meet their schedule.
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