Exos & Wellness in the Schools are promoting movement with 15-minute “fit breaks” for students
Fifteen NYC public schools are being treated to “fit breaks,” giving students the opportunity to put down their pencils and get moving, courtesy of Exos and its partnership with Wellness in the Schools (WITS).
The coaching company’s first-ever social impact program, Coach for Good, will impact 7,500 students with its virtual on-demand and live-streamed fit breaks.
The Coach for Good program offers students 15-minute fit breaks each day to activate the brain and body and meet the CDC’s 60 minutes of daily physical activity recommendation.
Students in New York enjoyed the fit breaks at a recent Play Day event.
To keep the daily fit practice momentum, NYC schools can earn incentives sponsored by Exos, like guest appearances by coaches and athletes.
“We are proud to partner with Wellness in the Schools to kick off our first Coach for Good initiative impacting New York City students,” said Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Exos Chief Executive Officer. “This announcement comes at a time when students are adjusting to a new normal post-pandemic. With a focus on the key foundations of mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery, we aspire to help them get ready for their day by rebuilding healthy habits required for optimal learning and social engagement.”
The new partnership gives WITS the chance to triple its impact, said Wendy Siskin, WITS National Program Director.
“The WITS Coach for Kids program increases physical activity in schools, improves social-emotional learning, and teaches students healthy habits to learn and live better. With the expertise of an Exos coach and the daily virtual classes, we are not only getting kids more active, but we are creating an opportunity for students to be part of a larger community and connect to peers from all over the city with a shared wellness goal,” Siskin said.
Over 2,000 coaches lead the Exos Coach for Good program, with Exos investing in programs for collegiate-aged female athletes, providing post-active duty military members with access to readiness education and training, and educating children and their coaches on wellness.
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.