UW student-athletes inspire with initial WiscFit visits


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Oct. 24, 2013

WiscFit Program Information 

MADISON, Wis. -- UW Athletics got local students up and moving during two visits to elementary schools this week in conjunction with its new WiscFit program. 

On Oct. 21, Patricia Nelson and Katie Delaney of the UW women’s swimming and diving team took their knowledge of healthy living to the fifth grade class of Kristin Konrad at Glen Stephens Elementary. Eager kids greeted the swimmers, ready to learn about exercise and healthy eating.

Many of the kids engaged with Nelson and Delaney in their discussion of health, including participating in “Jump Around” and learning how to measure their heart rates after exercising.

The following day, football players Derek Watt and Chris Borland followed suit. Watt and Borland returned to Glen Stephens Elementary and spent an hour discussing the impact of health on their lives, including the level of training needed for playing football, in Jeff Grahn’s class. 

The visit ended with the athletes leading the class in a number of stretches and simple exercises the team completes to get ready for games. 

“I had a great time introducing the WiscFit program and seeing how schools already incorporate physical activities into their daily schedules,” Watt said.

Both Glen Stephens Elementary classrooms were able to set three nutrition- and fitness-related goals to work towards throughout the duration of the WiscFit program.

“I’m interested to now see how the kids will handle their goals and the process it takes to accomplish them,” Watt said.

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