A group of eighth-grade students from Jonesborough Middle School appeared before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee this week to talk about the “Morning Mile” program at their school to increase activity and establish healthy habits. The students were invited by Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City).
The group also shared their research findings regarding the positive effects of exercise on attendance and grades, as well as improved physical and behavioral health. Niswonger Children’s Hospital CEO, Lisa Carter also addressed the committee to discuss Ballad Health’s commitment to school health and especially The Morning Mile
The Morning Mile was created by Niswonger Children’s Hospital to help children in Northeast Tennessee and Southeast Virginia develop healthy habits.
Senator Crowe praised the students for their participation in the program which promotes physical activity and an active start to students’ day by beginning every morning running or walking one mile.
“I was very pleased to have this great group of students present their experiences and research before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee,” said Crowe. “The Morning Mile is a great program for our students. It not only has a positive impact on the students’ health and performance in the classroom, but it will help these young people establish healthy habits they will carry on with them for the rest of their lives.”
Collectively, Jonesborough Middle School students had completed 1,101.9 miles as of September 2018. Students who participate in the program have reported to have more energy, feel better in class, and have improved grades.
“If this program is taken statewide, I think we could see tremendous improvements in the health of our students,” added Crowe.