Representing Mississippi’s North Region at the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Physical Education Conference are (pictured left to right): Jessica Wilson, Senatobia Elementary School; Nathan Young, New Albany Elementary School; Sam Baker, Houston Elementary School; Charles Foley, Galena Elementary School; Laurie Bishop, D.T. Cox Elementary School; Kim Koon, Pontotoc Middle School; and Frederic Stafford, H. W. Byers Elementary School.

 

Mississippi elementary and middle schools are building cultures of health and wellness with support from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The Foundation hosted its 11th Annual Physical Education Conference bringing together 41 physical education teachers from around the state.

The P.E. teachers, including Nathan Young from New Albany Elementary School participated in energetic educational sessions and shared best practices for engaging students and making P.E. classes both exciting and effective.

Provided with Foundation grant funds, the participants received indoor physical fitness equipment and curricula to enhance their schools’ P.E. programs. The physical fitness equipment included weighted hoops, stability balls, heavy ropes and more along with corresponding curricula designed to help P.E. teachers find imaginative and innovative ways to get students moving.

“New Albany School District is committed to ensuring continuous instructional improvements,” said Dr. Lance Evans, Superintendent.  “We are excited that our elementary physical education teacher was chosen to participate in the Foundation’s Annual Physical Education Conference and look forward to seeing the equipment and curricula implemented into our elementary P.E. classes.”

“The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is proud to partner with Mississippi schools as they implement and sustain structured physical education programs to improve the health and fitness of students,” said Sheila Grogan, president of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “We applaud these teachers for demonstrating outstanding leadership as healthy role models and providing exemplary P.E. programs.”

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has a vision for a healthy Mississippi and provides targeted grants to fund initiatives and programs to improve the health of Mississippians. Learn more about the Foundation and its partnerships at www.healthiermississippi.org.