Challenge Charter Middle School (CCMS) scholars engage in daily physical fitness/education activities integrated with health education as called for in NYSED regulations. Besides its value in fighting obesity, school-based physical education has also been linked in multiple studies and literature reviews to improved academic achievement and improved cognition.
Health education is coordinated with community resource programs, community social workers and family services personnel provide appropriate instruction in human sexuality and drug and alcohol prevention.
Additionally, the mind/body connection will be supported and reinforced through the introduction of yoga and its related health benefits in the 7th grade. CCMS’s approach to teaching yoga will focus not only on yoga as a way to improve fitness but also on the impact that yoga can have on the mind, such as reducing stress and anxiety, promoting self-discipline and supporting improved concentration.