Partnership Between Brewers and HOPSports, Inc. Moves Wisconsin Students to Better Health
The Milwaukee Brewers and HOPSports, Inc., a global health and wellness network, will be implementing HOPSports Brain Breaks® as an extension of the Brewers Home Run Fitness program to help Wisconsin students become more physically active and engaged throughout the school day.
Thirty-five percent of Milwaukee high school students are considered overweight or obese, and we’ve pledged to take preventative and sustainable measures by targeting elementary students to promote healthy choices and behaviors.
In an effort to create healthy school cultures, we’ve gifted 500 Wisconsin teachers HOPSports Brain Breaks®, a technology-based educational solution which uses existing classroom space and technology to make physical activity in schools both interactive and fun. Elementary schools in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and West Allis are currently implementing HOPSports Brain Breaks® for the 2013-14 school year.
The “Brewers Brain Breaks” feature Bernie Brewer, helping Wisconsin students ready their bodies and brains for learning with 3-5 minute web-based digital content. Teachers are able to incorporate classroom lesson plans in HOPSports Brain Breaks® so that students continue to learn while being physically active.
“My students and I do Brain Breaks every day after the kids come back in the classroom after lunch recess,” said Laurie Probst of Waukesha STEM Academy-Randall Campus. “Brain breaks are highly motivating and get the kids centered and ready to tackle the afternoon’s work. The students enjoy the variety of videos and fun activities, and I see a lot of concentration and fun happening!”
The Brewers Home Run Fitness, program powered by HOPSports, follows the Coordinated School Health model recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a strategy for improving student health and well-being in support of academic success. The HOPSports digital platform delivers key community wellness messaging directly to kids, and strengthens community partnerships to magnify the impact of a coordinated, community approach to school health.
The Milwaukee Brewers and HOPSports are accelerating sustainable behavior change in Wisconsin students by making physical activity an integral part of the school day. Fans can follow HOPSports on Twitter @HOPSports.