CHAMPS (an acronym for Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated, Positive, Students) is a program run by the Physical Education Department. This program was initiated in the Fall of 2012 as a safe and fun co-educational after-school undertaking catering to middle school students. CHAMPS offers developmental skills training in basic fitness and sports fundamentals four times a week (Monday – Thursday) in the morning before school at 7:00 AM and twice (Monday and Thursday) after school between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Students’ skills are developed through participation in a number of sports including hockey, football, soccer, volleyball and basketball. This co-curricular activity is designed to foster student unity within the school and enhance their awareness around fitness and sportsmanship.
Mighty Milers is a running program for kids of all fitness levels and is designed to get kids moving and prevent obesity and illness. Participation in Mighty Milers helps kids build their self-esteem, and learn to make and reach personal goals. Over a seven-month program cycle, children in Mighty Milers strive to complete a goal set for them by the Physical Education Department: to collectively run at least the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles.) Participants run or walk briskly upwards of a half-mile in supervised sessions two to five times a week.
For the past few years, 721M has been a member of the New York Road Runner organization. The Mighty Miler program introduces students to the idea that health and wellness is a life style that begins in one's youth in order to ensure healthy life habits in the future.
Students walk for five to ten minutes at the start of each Physical Education class to reinforce cardio-respiratory conditioning. Each day they walk, the lap tally is recorded and entered into the Mighty Milers website to keep track of student progress. These laps are tallied as each student is working toward an ultimate goal of 26.2 miles by the end of the program
Students also discuss healthy eating habits in class. Students review some of the unhealthy choices they make such as the quantity of sugar and empty calories they consume each day. Options are offered to encourage healthy eating habits.
721M and the Physical Education department are dedicated to educating all students about the benefits of exercise and nutritional habits that begin today for a better tomorrow.