The Walking Classroom is proud to announce that it is a recipient of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA’s) Impact Award. The award is part of PHA’s 2018 Catalyst for Change Awards that honor organizations and community leaders who exemplify positive change by creating solutions to ensure that all children and young adults — especially those disproportionately affected — will live healthier lives and grow up to be adults free from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.
How The Walking Classroom Works
The Walking Classroom Institute’s innovative “Walk, Listen and Learn” methodology capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function. Students take brisk, 20-minute walks while listening to custom-written, kid-friendly educational podcasts that come preloaded on “WalkKit” audio devices. Student enthusiasm is extraordinary, with 84 percent saying that they enjoy walking more and 85 percent agreeing that the program has helped them make healthier choices.
“Pairing walking with learning is such a unique approach to increasing physical activity and education among children,” said PHA President and CEO Nancy E. Roman. “The Walking Classroom is a great example of how creativity and innovation can help the next generation of children grow up to live healthier lives.”
“Kids love the fact that they’re getting out of the classroom. What they don’t often realize is how much they’re learning and how much that fresh air and exercise is improving their health,” says CEO and program creator Laura Fenn. “This Partnership for a Healthier America award is such an honor and will go far in helping us achieve our mission of bringing joy back to the classroom, while improving student health and academic achievement.”
Come Help Us Celebrate
The Walking Classroom, along with co-winner Brighter Bites, will be recognized at the PHA Fit to Celebrate Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.) on September 27, 2018.
Visit http://www.ahealthieramerica.org/gala for more information and to purchase tickets.