One of my dad’s favorite sayings was “use it or lose it.” The older I get the more I get “IT.” If our kids understand this philosophy early in life, then they are well on their way to a happy and healthy adulthood. For those who have faced the drudgery of a treadmill, stationary bike or countless sit-ups, you know how boring that kind of exercise can be. Kind of like watching paint dry! However, Zumba is well . . . fun! Maybe that’s why it’s caught on across the country is such a big way.
Zumba has made its way to the Kindergarten classes of Mrs. Marie Godar and Mrs Mandy Barnes at Rushville Elementary West. First, under the leadership of Mrs. Tonya Campbell, discussion took place concerning what kind of foods are good for you. What kind of foods give you the energy needed to do Zumba? Well the food pyramid of the past has made way for MyPlate. MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully; it is not intended to change consumer behavior alone. It illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual, a place setting.
Next came Zumba – Kindergarten style! The best explanation of Zumba is that it is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. There’s no expensive equipment to buy and everyone can participate at a level comfortable for them. In the future these students can look forward to Zumba about twice a month. MyPlate and Zumba, it truly is a win – win all the way around and one more reason why Rush County Schools are a great place to be.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund director/Information officer with Rush County Schools.