Funded by the YMCA Endowment Fund, Energize is an in-school program that strives to cater to preventing childhood obesity by providing lessons on healthy eating choices and the importance of 60 minutes of exercise per day.
Programming runs from September through May and classes meet anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes each week. Each class receives an enriching experience through active and visual lessons and additional physical education to add to their school day.
Energize in the Community
The Energize program currently incorporates sessions on health and wellness to 36 MCCSC 4th grade classrooms in all 13 MCCSC elementary schools. Energize collaborates with IU Americorp, IU Community Health, Olcott Cancer Center, IU Public Health, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Active Living Coalition, and IU Dietetics Department.
The Goals of Energize:
- Prevent childhood obesity
- Develop healthy lifestyles
- Improve behavior
- Increase physical activity in the school schedule
- Promote positive character development by providing activities that emphasize team building
- Create awareness of healthy food choices and their benefits by incorporating "My Plate" education
Are you a principal or teacher interested in learning more about the Energize program and what it can do for your school? Contact the Community Youth Outreach Coordniator, Ashley Lowers, at (812) 961-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energize at the WonderLab
Join us every Tuesday from 4:30-5:15 pm at the WonderLab for food, fitness, and fun! Energize! Potential activities include: building an articulated hand, extracting DNA from fruit, exploring grains under a microscope, and testing your own heart health. Children can attend every week, or just try out one or two classes. Recommended for children ages 6 to 12. Program is free with entry into the museum.
Parents are welcome to join or explore the museum during the class. This is not a drop-off class. The WonderLab Museum is located at 308 W. 4th St., Bloomington, IN 47404.
Meet the Community Youth Outreach Coordinator!
Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2013. During her undergrad she studied health and fitness with a focus on youth. Before moving to Bloomington for school she grew up in South Bend, IN. During her time at IU she met her husband and started a family here in Bloomington. She started her career at the YMCA as a Youth Sports Counselor in 2011 and since then has worked as a youth ABA Therapist and taught at a local daycare in the two year old room. When she is not working she enjoys traveling the world with her husband and children as well as attending events in the community. She also enjoys hiking and being outdoors. She is very excited to be taking over the Energize program and plans to expand the program to educate as many children in our community as she can.