Alden Students Cycle, Climb Their Way to Being Fit

ALDEN, NY - Their hearts are racing just as fast as their legs are on miniatureindoor cyclingbikes.

Otherstudents are tightening their grips and scaling the climbing wall.

While this sounds like a play room, it's actually a fitness room at Alden Primary School, and it's a big hit among students and teachers.

"The kids just love it, and when you come in and the kids are loving what they are doing, it just makes your job that much easier," said Tim Stone, who has been teaching physical education for 17 years.

The $40,000 fitness room was furnished using a portion of a grant awarded to the district in 2009. The grant was aimed at improving health and wellness programs in schools. The Alden school district received almost $900,000 which was split among the primary, middle and high schools.

The primary school's fitness room also has an interactive sports wall and dance game which encourages kids to get moving while having fun.

The students are graded on their effort and attitude. The activities aren't meant to replace time in the gym entirely. Instead, Stone says the fitness tools keep the kids excited about staying active.


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