The 60/60 Challenge invites students, staff, and families to engage in physical activity for 60 minutes every day through June 30 to develop active lifestyle habits together. Physical activity promotes the three elements of wellness: mental, social, and physical health. Exercise helps children perform better in school and can lead to healthier, happy adults.
Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez, the City School District of New Rochelle Director of Health & Physical Education, created this challenge last year as a push for the community to get active and come together after spending a year inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are encouraged to participate and be active with their families.
“Families that exercise together and develop that habit usually grow healthier together,” said Rodriguez-Gonzalez. The pandemic has also taught students, parents, and faculty the importance of coping with stress and difficult situations. Rodriguez-Gonzalez said, “When we think about a stressful situation, exercise gives us the ability to cope both physically, mentally, and even socially.”
Workshops will be held for teachers and the PTA, a new list of challenges will be available every week on the 60/60 Challenge Website, along with parent resources, helpful hints to stay active with children, and highlights from the schools’ physical education and health classes.
Watch Superintendent Jonathan Raymond's episode of “What Matters Most” with Rodriguez-Gonzalez here: https://youtu.be/uZFtK-fhQkg