Students at Columbia High School will have a new course to choose from in Physical Education next school year. The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education recently approved a new course titled PE 120: Fit for Life Foundations, which is a circuit based cardiovascular strength and endurance training class. It will utilize treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowers and cross country skiers.
Students still have the option of the traditional Physical Education class which is PE 912: Team & Individual Sports or PE 100: Personal Performance, which is a resistance training based class located in the Fitness Center.
The Fit for Life Foundations class, which is open to all students in grades 9-12 starting in the fall, may be a more attractive option for some students who don’t enjoy traditional Physical Education class or who may be intimidated by the fitness setting.
“This is an opportunity for us to get our kids moving that aren’t into athletics, who have a hard time with regular PE, who don’t want to participate in Personal Performance,” said Wellness Coordinator Tom Libardi during a presentation to the Board of Education. “This would be an opportunity to introduce them to some cardiovascular equipment and get them moving.”
The Fit for Life Foundations class will also have a wellness component and provide students with knowledge to live a healthy lifestyle after high school.
“This is more so to diversify our experiences in Physical Education so they now have an option of the three different classes,” Physical Education Department Chair Chris Hosley told the Board of Education. “We know all students don’t learn the same way in the classroom. Kids also don’t exercise the same way.”
If students are interested in enrolling in the Fit for Life Foundations class, they should contact their school counselor this spring.