The Wave Fitness program is a prevention-driven, health and wellness program designed to support preschool children of Manatee County in achieving goals for improving long-term health and wellness. Statistics have proven that well-designed, targeted functional fitness programs implemented directly at learning locations have significant, direct effect on reducing body mass index (BMI) levels, preventing obesity, and improving academic success. The program applies the principles of elite sports performance training to improve gross motor skills, flexibility, balance, coordination and strength while encouraging a lifestyle of consistent physical activity and healthy choices. Preschools receive a block of functional fitness programming for their students twice per week. The 30-45 minute block of training consists of five minutes of dynamic warm-up followed by a rotation through several stations. The stations emphasize one of the five functional fitness areas: flexibility/mobility, strength, speed, agility, and endurance. Additionally, the program includes key components of the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go & activities that promote healthy eating and nutritional awareness.
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