The walking/fitness trail at John Nowlin Elementary School in Blue Springs has been open for about one week. It includes fitness equipment along the trail and is located behind the school and is available for both student and community use.

The walking/fitness trail at John Nowlin Elementary School in Blue Springs has been open for about one week. It includes fitness equipment along the trail and is located behind the school and is available for both student and community use.

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Open for walking. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held May 19 to officially open the track. It circles the back field behind the school and the playground. In addition to Blue Springs Board of Education members, the president of StandUp Blue Springs and other community leaders were present during the ceremony and St. Mary’s Medical Center provided free blood pressure checks and glucose screenings to those who attended.

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Excitement. Deborah Curtis, principal at John Nowlin, said students have been walking the track and watching the progress of the installation of the fitness equipment. She said several members of the community have said how excited they are to have fitness equipment they can use while the children play on the playground.
“It can be a family outing and a place to meet neighbors,” Curtis said.

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Not just a track. The track includes approximately 15 workout stations. Each station is targeted for various muscle groups. Curtis said the goal is to get a full body workout after completing all stations.

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Increasing fitness opportunities. Curtis said the John Nowlin PTA has been interested in increasing the fitness opportunities for students for the last several years. She said the scope of the initiative was expanded beyond the students and into a community service effort when John Theiss, John Nowlin’s physical education teacher, proposed the idea of an exercise track being added to the playground.

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Variety. Curtis said the students now have a larger variety of fun and physically challenging activities as well as an increased area to use at recess. In addition, she said the community has access to a free exercise opportunity designed to work all body systems and improve overall health.