HealthWorks! offers health, PE for home-schoolers

djournal-Education_apple_booksBy Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – HealthWorks! is delivering health and physical education classes for kids who don’t go to traditional schools.

“The parents appreciate it, and the kids love it,” said Tracy Williams, high flying kid motivator who organizes the program.

The Tupelo children’s health education center will begin its second semester of health and PE sessions designed for home-school families Jan. 13.

During the fall semester, the classes focused heavily on nutrition. The spring classes will start with a healthy cooking demonstration and branch out into germs and handwashing as well as how the different body systems work.

The physical education classes get the high-energy HealthWorks! treatment, too.

“It’s HealthWorks! PE,” Williams said. “You get your heart rate up, but you’re having so much fun, you don’t know you’re exercising.”

From January to April, two sessions are scheduled each month. The final session will be May 5.

HealthWorks! extended its programming to help home-school parents incorporate health and physical education into their curriculums, said Kathy Tucker, HealthWorks! seamstress of strategy, or director. Along with the classes, participants take home a parent letter than includes tips, information on the lesson and resources for more learning.

The program costs $12 a session for both health and PE classes for each student or $96 for the nine sessions. For families with five or more children, one session is $60 and $480 for the season. Rates are discounted for HealthWorks! members.

The classes are scheduled so parents with pre-K students can attend the Hip-Hopper classes while their older children participate in the health and PE classes.

michaela.morris@journalinc.com