ELC AWARDED $2000 GRANT FROM SERVICE CLUB OF MANATEE COUNTY FOR WAVE FITNESS PROGRAM

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ELC AWARDED $2000 GRANT FROM SERVICE CLUB OF MANATEE COUNTY FOR WAVE FITNESS PROGRAM
Palmetto, Florida, May 4th, 2018 – The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) has been awarded a $2000 grant from Service Club of Manatee County to support the WAVE fitness program.
Sharon Oakes, ELC Chief Operations Officer, said: “We are extremely grateful to Service Club of Manatee County for this financial support of what is a crucial program as we try to combat the issue of child obesity in our local communities.”
WAVE started in the summer of 2017 as a pilot program. The success was so apparent that the program was then introduced in the school year, which included a 10-week session in the fall, and a 10-week session this spring. Approximately 200 Manatee County students were enrolled for the school year program in Palmetto Elementary, Blackburn Elementary, Kinnan Elementary, and A Readiness Learning Academy 1 & 2.
The Wave program is a prevention-driven, health and wellness program designed to support preschool children in achieving goals for improving long-term health and wellness. WAVE 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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The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc. is a multi-service agency dedicated to helping children develop skills that they will need to be successful in school and life. The agency’s focus is on high quality school readiness opportunities for all children and their families, understanding that it is in the first years of life that a child’s future educational success is determined and the critical role of parents, as their child’s first and most important teacher. To learn more about Coalition’s services, go to www.elc-manatee.org or call 941-757-2900, extension 212.

 

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