Anderson Children's Foundation

Palm Springs USD Physical Education Department

Palm Springs Unified School District

Fitness for Life (2018-2019)

The Fitness for Life project was developed by the Elementary Physical Education Department for the Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD). We are asking for your support to give children access to new innovative fitness equipment that is fun, engaging, colorful, and age appropriate. The fitness equipment will be used by 1st-5th grade students to enhance their overall health and wellness. Children will participate in fun fitness workouts inside PE fitness rooms. These fitness classes will help decrease the number of overweight and obese children in our schools. The fitness rooms will also be used by staff, and families to encourage community health and fitness.

The Fitness for Life project is a new and fun way to provide our children, teachers, and community knowledge and skills for a lifetime of good health and fitness. We serve a diverse group of students, staff and community members. Over 85% of students are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Our project will directly impact over 9800 elementary students and numerous staff and parents in PSUSD. The project will serve 4 cities within the PSUSD including Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, and Rancho Mirage.

Our goal is to provide access for all students to enhance their health awareness, reduce the obesity epidemic, and increase overall fitness levels. Special education classes will also have access to the fitness equipment, while teachers will modify workouts to meet the needs of all our students. The Fitness for Life project will take place during physical education classes. Physical Education teachers will use this equipment when it is too hot, windy, or raining outside. This new fitness program has already been tested at Cahuilla Elementary School in 2016-2017. Cahuilla Elementary Physical Education teacher Joshua Otteson has developed a fitness circuit that his students absolutely love. Now with the help of ACF we plan to introduce this fitness to all PSUSD elementary students.