Getting fit at Branford school

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — When students head to class at one Branford elementary school this week, they will exercise their brains and bodies.

News 8 reporter Kent Pierce visits Tisko Elementary school to see how they are getting kids moving.

A flash mob broke out in the middle of a school assembly, but it is okay because the assembly is all about exercise and everyone in the flash mob is exercising too. This is all part of fit week at Branford’s Tisko Elementary School.

When some fourth grade students were asked why they participate in fit week activities, the answers varied.

“Because you can get healthy, and if you’re not healthy you can get sick if you’re not healthy,” said Isla Lionetti, student

“It’s good to exercise in the morning, because it gets your blood pumping and you get active,” said William Mollow, student.

Tisko’s principal, Jim O’Connor, knows how important it is too. He says that he was overweight when he took the job.

“So, I started to jog thanks to a few teachers here and I’ve just fell in love with it, between spinning and eating healthy and jogging, I was able to lose 40 pounds,” said O’Connor.

Some fourth-graders made an exercise video to encourage the students to get fit, like a Jane Fonda workout for people that are too young to even know who she is.

The goal is to go beyond this assembly, beyond fitness week, and make these changes permanent in the lifestyles of these children.

“Well, we’re going to have lots of opportunities for the teachers to bring the video into the classroom, and they can do it during recesses if you guys aren’t going out..” said Linda Mollow, parent organizer.

There is also a push to get kids to eat healthy, and some help from the New England Dairy and Food Council which is encouraging their school breakfast program.

“And when kids get breakfast they miss school less often and they’re also sick less often,” said Heidi Harkopf, New England Dairy and Food Council.

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