Photos courtesy Talon (Ankeny HS newspaper) staff photographer Tory Anderson
|October 13, 2005-- As part of his NGA "Healthy America" chairman's initiative Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) toured Ankeny High School with Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA). Ankeny High School has introduced a number of wellness programs.|
|The Wellness PE program is different from traditional PE in
that students set goals and work on personal fitness. Students have
access to cardio workouts (treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, bikes), strength
training, stability balls, exercise bands, Pilates, Yoga, TaeBo…a wide
variety of workouts that enable them to work toward achieving their personal
PEOPEL (Physical Education Opportunities for Exceptional Learners) PE is a physical education class that teams special needs students with peer helpers to assist them in participating in physical education activities and games. Students are put through a 2-week sensitivity training program that enables them to be successful while working with the special needs students.
|The lunch program is called Pay School. Parents can deposit money on line for their children's accounts and at the same time monitor what they are choosing for their meals. At any time a parent can block certain options such as a la carte, where students can choose snack-type foods, cookies, ice cream , etc. The program gives families the capability of choosing healthy options for their children.|
Ankeny High School
NGA's "Healthy America" Initiative
Copyright © 2005 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.