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Youngsters learn about fitness during K Day

11/10/2008 —
Students from the A.G. Montessori School in Uniontown, and children of students from Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, visited the Penn State Fayette campus recently for K Day (Kinesiology Day). Jes Hutson, instructor of kinesiology at the campus, designed the event—held one day in fall and one day in spring—to introduce children to the value of physical fitness. “It is important for children to learn about fitness activities starting at a young age. Encouraging physical activity, such as exercises, walking, and sports, helps children stay fit and helps keep their minds sharp,” he says. Marjorie Murphy, director of the A.G. Montessori School and its preschool/Kindergarten teacher, has brought her students to K Day twice a year for four years. Hutson says all local elementary schools can participate in K Day by contacting him at 724-430-4100 ext. 4886, or via e-mail at jeh20@psu.edu.


K-Day Situps
From front to rear: Angelina Kendi, age 8; Alexandra Junko, age 4; and Michal Polito, age 5, try sit-ups.

Pushups
Colton Cole, age 4, gets some help with pushups from Penn State Fayette student Patrick Lofink.

Windmills
Sophia Friend, age 4, masters doing “windmills.”

K-Day Group
Penn State Fayette student Belinda Smitley demonstrates an exercise to (from front to rear) Boston Davis, age 3; Megan Joyce, age 4; Devon Miles, age 4; Colton Cole, age 4; Sophia Friend, age 4; Aareanna Griffith, age 4; and Angelina Kendi, age 8.

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